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The 100% Club: An Ode to Movies With a Perfect Tomatometer Score
Welcome to the 100% Club, where every movie isn’t necessarily perfect, but their Tomatometers are. A place where all the critic reviews are Fresh, as far as the eye can see, without a Rotten mark to disrupt all the 1s and their attendant 0s in the percentage scores.
It’s a tough road for a movie to get a 100% with critics, fraught with peril. What if a small plot hole is big enough to irk a persnickety reviewer? What if the cinematographer didn’t show up that one day for a crucial scene? What if there was a bum performance from one of the background extras?
There’s the old industry adage that no one sets out to make out a bad movie. On the flip side, you’re almost jinxing it if you think the one you’re working on is going to be the one that makes every last cynical, benevolent critic crack a smirk and think, “Yeah, that was freaking awesome.” But the movies here have done just that, ranging from masterpieces of the silent era up until the new classics of today that tap into the pulse of the zeitgeist. Because it’s “relatively” easy to get a 100% score after that first handful of reviews (five is the minimum count for a movie to get its Tomatometer), every film listed here has at least 40 reviews, for the added bonus that everything is also Certified Fresh.
If you’re a discerning watcher with only time for some of the best movies of all time, you’re come to the right place. It’s time to pack that queue with the legends of cinema with our guide to every Certified Fresh movie with a 100% Tomatometer score!
Adjusted Score: 101537%
Critics Consensus: 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets tells a gut-wrenching story in overall gripping fashion -- and wisely underplays its outrage, letting the details speak for themselves.
Filmmaker Marc Silver uses the shooting death of black teenager Jordan Davis to examine Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108061%
Critics Consensus: Sidney Lumet's feature debut is a superbly written, dramatically effective courtroom thriller that rightfully stands as a modern classic.
One (Henry Fonda) of 12 jurors holds out in the case of a boy from the slums who is accused... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104436%
Critics Consensus: A raw, fly-on-the-wall recounting of hospital life in Wuhan in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, 76 Days is an engrossing and potent documentary - and a surprisingly comforting portrait of humanity.
Health care workers and patients combat the COVID-19 outbreak during a lockdown in Wuhan, China.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105922%
Critics Consensus: A seminal French New Wave film that offers an honest, sympathetic, and wholly heartbreaking observation of adolescence without trite nostalgia.
Neglected by his parents (Claire Maurier, Albert Remy), Parisian schoolboy Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre LÃ©aud) runs away from home and turns... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110368%
Critics Consensus: Errol Flynn thrills as the legendary title character, and the film embodies the type of imaginative family adventure tailor-made for the silver screen.
The Sherwood Forest outlaw (Errol Flynn) and his men save King Richard and Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) from Prince... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101534%
Critics Consensus: An enlightening and sobering documentary on Afghanistan's very own X-Factor.
Afghan contestants risk their lives to appear on a show similar to America's "American Idol."... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101530%
Critics Consensus: The Age of Shadows justifies its imposing length with a richly detailed period drama whose sprawling size is matched by strong acting, impressive craft, and narrative depth.
Korean resistance fighters smuggle explosives to destroy facilities controlled by Japanese forces.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102661%
Critics Consensus: All In: The Fight for Democracy lives up to its title as a galvanizing rallying cry for voters to exercise -- and preserve -- their right to be heard.
Filmmakers Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortes examine the history of voter suppression and the activists who fight for the rights... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106098%
Critics Consensus: One of cinema's greatest courtroom dramas, Anatomy of a Murder is tense, thought-provoking, and brilliantly acted, with great performances from James Stewart and George C. Scott.
A Michigan lawyer (James Stewart) and his colleague defend an Army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) who killed the man who raped... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102132%
Critics Consensus: Harrowing yet essential viewing, Athlete A shines an unforgiving light on horrific abuses -- as well as the culture that allowed them to continue unabated for years.
Reporters from The Indianapolis Star expose Dr. Larry Nassar's sexual abuse of young gymnasts.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105658%
Critics Consensus: Au Hasard Balthazar uses one animal's lifelong journey to trace a soberly compelling -- and ultimately heartbreaking -- outline of the human experience.
This thoughtful and unique French film reveals the surprisingly deep connection between Marie (Anne Wiazemsky), a sensitive farm girl, and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107362%
Critics Consensus: A technical masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin is Soviet cinema at its finest, and its montage editing techniques remain influential to this day.
Sergei Eisenstein's classic film depicts the mutiny aboard a czarist battleship during the failed revolution of 1905.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102993%
Critics Consensus: Thought-provoking and beautifully filmed, Before Sunrise is an intelligent, unabashedly romantic look at modern love, led by marvelously natural performances from Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.
An American (Ethan Hawke) and a Frenchwoman (Julie Delpy) meet on a train and spend a romantic day and night... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101997%
Critics Consensus: Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds is a touching, bittersweet, and ultimately charming love story that serves as a poignantly effective tribute to the strangely complicated, uniquely resilient mother/daughter duo.
A portrait of Hollywood royalty Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101103%
Critics Consensus: California Typewriter is an affectionate, nostalgic love letter to the typed word from enthusiasts and experts alike.
A look at the people who remain loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, and a portrait of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101938%
Critics Consensus: Darkly funny and impressively ambitious, Chained for Life is as unpredictable as it is original.
An actress bonds with a young man who has a severe facial deformity.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101371%
Critics Consensus: Urgent and empathetic, Changing the Game takes an affecting and admirably nuanced look at young transgender athletes.
Journeying into the lives of three high school athletes, Sarah, Andraya, and Mack, at different stages of their athletic seasons,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101406%
Critics Consensus: Clear, concise, and comprehensive, Coded Bias offers a chilling look at largely unseen side effects of modern society's algorithmic underpinnings.
An exploration into the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini's discovery of racial bias in facial recognition algorithms.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106696%
Critics Consensus: Though hampered by Stuart Rosenberg's direction, Cool Hand Luke is held aloft by a stellar script and one of Paul Newman's most indelible performances.
A likable Southern loner (Paul Newman) on a chain gang resists the captain and keeps trying to escape.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101541%
Critics Consensus: Rife with the political intrigue promised by its title, Coup 53 is a spellbinding documentary with the heart of a thriller.
The story of Operation Ajax, the CIA/MI6 staged coup in 1953 in Iran that overthrew Prime Minister Mossadegh.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104524%
Critics Consensus: As entertaining as it is inspiring, Crip Camp uses one group's remarkable story to highlight hope for the future and the power of community.
A groundbreaking summer camp galvanizes teens who have disabilities.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102207%
Critics Consensus: Dawson City: Frozen Time takes a patient look at the past through long-lost film footage that reveals much more than glimpses at life through the camera's lens.
In 1978 Canada, a bulldozer digs up a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103637%
Critics Consensus: The Decline of Western Civilization takes a frank, often funny look at the punk culture of the late '70s and early '80s.
Director Penelope Spheeris surveys the late-1970s Los Angeles punk scene: X, Black Flag, Fear, Germs, Catholic Discipline, Alice Bag Band.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102163%
Critics Consensus: Deliver Us From Evil is a superb documentary and a searing look at an institution protecting its leaders at the expense of its followers. A profoundly disturbing chronicle of a wolf in sheep's clothing, the film builds a clear-eyed case against pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady, and the Catholic bureaucracy that protected him. The recollections of O'Grady's victims are nothing short of shocking and heartbreaking.
Filmmaker Amy Berg documents the case of convicted pedophile Oliver Grady who, as a priest in northern California, molested the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104036%
Critics Consensus: Dick Johnson Is Dead celebrates a life with bittersweet humor and grace, offering a deeply resonant perspective on mortality in the bargain.
A filmmaker and her elderly father stage his death in various ways to help them face his inevitable demise.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101006%
Critics Consensus: Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is an entertaining, heartwarming, and balanced documentary about the influential Los Angeles band.
With a blistering combination of punk and funk, Fishbone demolishes the walls of genres and challenges the racial stereotypes and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101327%
Critics Consensus: Well-written and powerfully acted, Fireworks Wednesday gives audiences an early, assured glimpse of writer-director Asghar Farhadi's emerging talent.
A young maid (Taraneh Alidoosti) finds herself drawn into her employers's marital troubles.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106828%
Critics Consensus: Still unnerving to this day, Frankenstein adroitly explores the fine line between genius and madness, and features Boris Karloff's legendary, frightening performance as the monster.
Baron Frankenstein (Colin Clive) creates a monster (Boris Karloff) from cadavers and a killer's brain.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103059%
Critics Consensus: On paper, GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem might seem less than thrilling, but on the screen, it delivers two hours of nonstop, tightly wound, brilliantly acted drama.
An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) fights for three years to obtain a divorce from her devout husband (Simon Abkarian), who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107532%
Critics Consensus: A delightful blend of slapstick humor, poignant emotion, and social commentary, The Gold Rush encapsulates Chaplin's strengths as a writer, director, and star.
Mostly isolated in the Yukon, the little tramp (Charles Chaplin) cooks a shoe, falls in love, hangs from a cliff... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106387%
Critics Consensus: A potent drama that is as socially important today as when it was made, The Grapes of Wrath is affecting, moving, and deservedly considered an American classic.
Poor sharecroppers the Joads (Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell) leave dust bowl Oklahoma in hope of better luck in California.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103229%
Critics Consensus: An achingly sad anti-war film, Grave of the Fireflies is one of Studio Ghibli's most profoundly beautiful, haunting works.
A teenager (J. Robert Spencer) is charged with the care of his younger sister (Rhoda Chrosite) after an Allied firebombing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101768%
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: 103368%
Critics Consensus: Pehaps Kenneth Branagh's most fully realized Shakespeare adaptation, Henry V is an energetic, passionate, and wonderfully acted film.
Shakespeare's king of England (Kenneth Branagh) attacks France and declares his love for the French king's daughter.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105603%
Critics Consensus: Featuring genuine scares through every corridor, His House is a terrifying look at the specters of the refugee experience and a stunning feature debut for Remi Weekes.
A refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106172%
Critics Consensus: Honeyland uses life in a remote village to offer an eye-opening perspective on experiences that should resonate even for audiences halfway around the world.
A woman utilizes ancient beekeeping traditions to cultivate honey in the mountains of North Macedonia. When a neighboring family tries... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103993%
Critics Consensus: Lean, suspenseful, and scary, Host uses its timely premise to deliver a nastily effective treat for horror enthusiasts.
Six friends accidentally invite the attention of a demonic presence during an online sÃ©ance and begin noticing strange occurrences in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101599%
Critics Consensus: A striking debut for writer-director Kim Bora, House of Hummingbird delicately captures a turning point in one young woman's life.
In 1994 Seoul when the Seongsu Bridge collapses, 14-year-old Eunhee wanders the city and searches for love.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102246%
Critics Consensus: A slow-burning descent into desperation, Identifying Features uses one shattered family's ordeal to offer a harrowing look at the immigrant experience.
A woman tries to find her son's whereabouts after he leaves Mexico to find work in the United States.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101385%
Critics Consensus: Quietly compassionate and rich in detail, Ilo Ilo is a strikingly mature debut from writer-director Anthony Chen.
A hardworking mother (Yann Yann Yeo) becomes jealous of her rambunctious son's (Koh Jia Ler) close bond with his nanny... [More]
Adjusted Score: 111985%
Critics Consensus: Charles Chaplin' irascible Tramp is given able support from Jackie Coogan as The Kid in this slapstick masterpiece, balancing the guffaws with moments of disarming poignancy.
The Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) raises the abandoned child (Jack Coogan) of an unwed mother (Edna Purviance).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107770%
Critics Consensus: Performed with chameleonic brio by Alec Guinness, Kind Hearts and Coronets is a triumphant farce.
The 10th Duke of Chalfont (Dennis Price) engineers fatal accidents for eight heirs, all played by Guinness.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107502%
Critics Consensus: A career highlight for Preston Sturges, The Lady Eve benefits from Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda's sparkling chemistry -- and a script that inspired countless battle-of-the-sexes comedies.
Father-daughter cardsharps (Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Coburn) fleece a rich man's son (Henry Fonda) on a cruise ship.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107458%
Critics Consensus: Making excellent use of its period and setting, Peter Bogdanovich's small town coming-of-age story is a sad but moving classic filled with impressive performances.
The lives of high schoolers (Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges), a debutante (Cybill Shepherd) and others overlap in a dying 1950s... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101198%
Critics Consensus: Last Train Home is a haunting, vivid documentary exploring the human toll of China's economic boom in intimate, unforgettable detail.
Forced to live far away, two Chinese factory workers make an arduous journey once a year to visit their children,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110533%
Critics Consensus: A psychologically complex portrait of obsession, Laura is also a deliciously well-crafted murder mystery.
An arrogant New York columnist (Clifton Webb) taunts a detective (Dana Andrews) obsessed with a slain woman's (Gene Tierney) portrait.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112602%
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 man and his 13-year-old daughter are living in a park when a small mistake tips them off to authorities... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108585%
Critics Consensus: A landmark psychological thriller with arresting images, deep thoughts on modern society, and Peter Lorre in his finest performance.
Fritz Lang's classic tells of the Berlin underworld's efforts to capture the loathsome murderer of a child.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105876%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully filmed and performed, MÃ¤edchen in Uniform avoids easy melodrama with its sensitive handling of oft-sensationalized subject matter.
A student (Hertha Thiele) falls in love with her teacher (Dorothea Wieck) at a strict Prussian girls school.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110330%
Critics Consensus: Suspenseful, labyrinthine, and brilliantly cast, The Maltese Falcon is one of the most influential noirs -- as well as a showcase for Humphrey Bogart at his finest.
Private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) encounters sundry characters (Mary Astor, Peter Lorre), all seeking a coveted statuette.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106550%
Critics Consensus: James Marsh's doc about artist Phililppe Petit's artful caper brings you every ounce of suspense that can be wrung from a man on a (suspended) wire.
Frenchman Philippe Petit makes an illegal high-wire walk across the World Trade Center.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101350%
Critics Consensus: A clear-eyed look at an extraordinary subject, Mayor makes essential viewing out of one politician's quest to preserve dignity in the midst of bureaucracy.
A look at the life of Musa Hadid, the charismatic mayor of Palestinian city Ramallah, who aspires to lead the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101603%
Critics Consensus: Brought to life by a breakout performance by Camila Morrone, Mickey and the Bear finds affecting drama at the crossroads of a young woman's coming-of-age journey.
A Montana teenager navigates a loving but volatile relationship with her single, veteran father. In a desperate search for independence... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101718%
Critics Consensus: Midnight Traveler puts a harrowing personal face on the modern refugee crisis, driving home the heartbreakingly relatable odysseys of the displaced.
Afghan director Hassan Fazili is forced to flee the country when the Taliban puts a bounty on his head.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105942%
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: 101114%
Critics Consensus: A rare advocacy documentary that fully trusts its subject's ability to fascinate, More Than Honey enlightens without badgering -- and is all the more effective for it.
Beekeepers, scientists and others discuss the world's declining bee population and what it may mean for modern society.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101415%
Critics Consensus: Mr. Death outlines its subject's controversial life's work with the deeply fascinating and thought-provoking Ã©lan film fans have come to expect from director Errol Morris.
Director Errol Morris profiles Leuchter, the reinventor of the electric chair, and questions him on his insistence that the Holocaust... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102514%
Critics Consensus: An absorbing and affectionate tribute to a unique individual, Mucho Mucho Amor should prove fascinating for Walter Mercado fans as well as first-timers.
Puerto Rican astrologer and psychic Walter Mercado discusses his life, career and post-fame seclusion.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101209%
Critics Consensus: Bertrand Tavernier is an engaging guide through this Journey Through French Cinema, curating a revelatory tour through his homeland's film history with a personal touch that will delight movie fans and the culturally curious alike.
Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier examines the great directors, actors, writers, composers and cinematographers of French cinema, including Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101371%
Critics Consensus: Engrossing for casual listeners as well as hardcore fans, Mystify: Michael Hutchence sheds a poignant light on a life and career cut short by tragedy.
Archival footage, private home movies and intimate interviews offer insight into the extraordinary life and career of former INXS singer... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105755%
Critics Consensus: Giulietta Masina is remarkable as a chronically unfortunate wretch with an indomitable spirit in Federico Fellini's unrelentingly bleak -- yet ultimately uplifting -- odyssey through heartbreak.
An aging Roman streetwalker (Giulietta Masina) meets a movie star (Amedeo Nazzari) and a man (FranÃ§ois Perier) who says he... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101049%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
In Chile's Atacama Desert, widows search for the bones of loved ones, left by Pinochet's atrocities.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101737%
Critics Consensus: O.J.: Made in America paints a balanced and thorough portrait of the American dream juxtaposed with tragedy and executed with power and skill.
Adjusted Score: 104232%
Critics Consensus: Brainy and bloody in equal measure, One Cut of the Dead reanimates the moribund zombie genre with a refreshing blend of formal daring and clever satire.
Real zombies attack a hack director and a film crew who are shooting a low budget zombie film in an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104756%
Critics Consensus: Only Yesterday's long-delayed U.S. debut fills a frustrating gap for American Ghibli fans while offering further proof of the studio's incredibly consistent commitment to quality.
A put-upon 27-year-old Japanese office worker travels to the countryside and reminisces about her childhood in Tokyo and what life... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105835%
Critics Consensus: Open City fills in the familiar contours of its storyline with three-dimensional characters and a narrative depth that add up to a towering -- and still powerfully resonant -- cinematic achievement.
When Nazis track down Giorgio, one of the leaders of the resistance, he asks Don Pietro Pellegrini to get him... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101216%
Critics Consensus: A coming-of-age drama that thoughtfully handles hard-hitting themes, Paper Spiders is anchored by heartbreaking performances from its leads.
A teen makes a series of tough choices as her mother's paranoid delusions threaten to destroy their loving relationship.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 114544%
Critics Consensus: Offering a wonderfully witty script, spotless direction from George Cukor, and typically excellent lead performances, The Philadelphia Story is an unqualified classic.
A snooty socialite (Katharine Hepburn) fights with her ex-husband (Cary Grant) and flirts with a reporter (James Stewart).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107618%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious, adventurous, and sometimes frightening, Pinocchio arguably represents the pinnacle of Disney's collected works -- it's beautifully crafted and emotionally resonant.
Woodcarver Geppetto's marionette gets the chance to prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy in Disney's animated classic.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102073%
Critics Consensus: Poetry is an absorbing, poignant drama because it offers no easy answers to its complex central conflict.
At the end of her life a woman searches for new meaning.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102434%
Critics Consensus: Quo Vadis, Aida? uses one woman's heartbreaking conflict to offer a searing account of war's devastating human toll.
When the Serbian army takes over the town, Aida's family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 114093%
Critics Consensus: Hitchcock's first American film (and his only Best Picture winner), Rebecca is a masterpiece of haunting atmosphere, Gothic thrills, and gripping suspense.
A British gentleman's (Laurence Olivier) innocent bride (Joan Fontaine) grapples with intrusive reminders of his deceased wife.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101545%
Critics Consensus: Rewind pulls at the roots of a family's horrific trauma with a deeply personal documentary that's hard to watch, but worth the effort.
Digging through his father's home videos, a young man reconstructs the story of his boyhood and recalls the abuse he... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101902%
Critics Consensus: Rio Bravo finds director Howard Hawks -- and his stellar ensemble cast -- working at peak performance, and the end result is a towering classic of the Western genre.
A Texas sheriff (John Wayne) and his deputies (Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson) try to hold a cattle baron's brother in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101941%
Critics Consensus: Sabaya presents a scary and sobering look at human suffering -- and the efforts of those dedicated to ending it.
Members of a group risk their lives trying to save Yazidi women and girls who are being held as sex... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101546%
Critics Consensus: Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street compassionately draws on an actor's personal journey to offer a compelling and illuminating reexamination of the franchise's first sequel.
Actor Mark Patton shares his story of being a closeted gay man while starring in "A Nightmare on Elm Street... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104060%
Critics Consensus: As sensitive as the young man at its center, Searching for Bobby Fischer uses a prodigy's struggle to find personal balance as the background for a powerfully moving drama.
A boy (Max Pomeranc) and his parents (Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen) must decide what to do about his newly discovered... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101517%
Critics Consensus: In telling one couple's story, A Secret Love pays understated yet powerful tribute to a lifetime of choices and sacrifices made in the name of enduring devotion.
A former baseball player keeps her lesbian relationship a secret from her family for seven decades.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 111717%
Critics Consensus: Arguably Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, The Seven Samurai is an epic adventure classic with an engrossing story, memorable characters, and stunning action sequences that make it one of the most influential films ever made.
A samurai answers a village's request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102450%
Critics Consensus: Seymour Bernstein's genuineness shines so brightly in Seymour: An Introduction that viewers will forgive debuting director Ethan Hawke's reverent treatment.
Pianist Seymour Bernstein, who gave up performing for teaching, discusses his passion for music and his philosophy of life.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 109368%
Critics Consensus: Alfred Hitchcock's earliest classic -- and his own personal favorite -- deals its flesh-crawling thrills as deftly as its finely shaded characters.
A girl (Teresa Wright) thinks her visiting uncle (Joseph Cotten) is the strangler dubbed the Merry Widow Murderer.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100835%
Critics Consensus: Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness serves as an effective primer on its subject, as well as an evocative portrait of the era in which he lived.
Filmmaker Joseph Dorman presents the life, work and legacy of the Yiddish writer who used the vernacular of the common... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112925%
Critics Consensus: Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.
A silent-film star (Gene Kelly) loves a chorus girl (Debbie Reynolds) who dubs his squeaky-voiced co-star in a 1927 Hollywood... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101852%
Critics Consensus: Led by NoÃ©e Abita's outstanding central performance, Slalom offers a moving account of oppression and abuse in the guise of mentorship.
A predatory ski instructor steps over the line when he takes a 15-year-old prodigy under his wing in the French... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101834%
Critics Consensus: Slay the Dragon takes a suitably outraged -- but ultimately optimistic -- look at modern-day gerrymandering that doubles as a heartfelt call to action.
Activists work to rid gerrymandering from America's election process.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101372%
Critics Consensus: Smart, affectionate, and unabashedly sincere, Sound City pairs a great soundtrack with a well-argued ode to one of rock 'n' roll's most fondly remembered bygone eras.
Artists and producers highlight the history of the recording studio in Van Nuys, Calif., and discuss the impact of music... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102558%
Critics Consensus: The Square offers an electrifying -- and edifying -- ground-level glimpse of life inside a real-life political revolution.
Egyptian revolutionaries battle their leaders and regime to build a new society.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105708%
Critics Consensus: Typifying the best that the Western genre has to offer, Stagecoach is a rip-roaring adventure given dramatic heft by John Ford's dynamic direction and John Wayne's mesmerizing star turn.
An outlaw (John Wayne), a prostitute (Claire Trevor), a drunken doctor and assorted others go through Indian country.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103916%
Critics Consensus: Stalker is a complex, oblique parable that draws unforgettable images and philosophical musings from its sci-fi/thriller setting.
Three futuristic travelers (Aleksandr Kajdanovsky, Nikolay Grinko, Anatoliy Solonitsyn) pass through a forbidden zone to a place where fantasies are... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102058%
Critics Consensus: Hirokazu Kore-eda's film may seem modest at first, but this family drama casts a delicate, entrancing spell.
A man (Hiroshi Abe) bears the brunt of his parents' disapproval at an annual gathering to honor the memory of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103533%
Critics Consensus: Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense captures the energetic, unpredictable live act of peak Talking Heads with color and visual wit.
David Byrne and Talking Heads perform "Psycho Killer," "Take Me to the River," "Burning Down the House."... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101524%
Critics Consensus: Strong Island uses one family's heartbreaking tragedy to offer a sobering picture of racial injustice in modern America.
When filmmaker Yance Ford investigates the 1992 murder of a young black man, it becomes an achingly personal journey since... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103450%
Critics Consensus: Visually and thematically evocative, Sugar Cane Alley tells a story that's heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure.
A poor boy (Garry Cadenat) lovingly learns from his grandmother (Darling Legitimus) and a storyteller (Douta Seck) in 1930s Martinique.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103838%
Critics Consensus: Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) finds writer-director Carla SimÃ³n drawing on personal memories to create a thoughtful drama elevated by outstanding work from its young leads.
After the death of her mother, a 6-year-old girl leaves Barcelona to live with her uncle's family in the countryside,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105103%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to director Juzo Itami's offbeat humor and sharp satirical edge, Tampopo is a funny, sexy, affectionate celebration of food and its broad influence on Japanese culture.
Two Japanese milk-truck drivers (Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken Watanabe) help a restaurant owner (Nobuko Miyamoto) learn how to cook great noodles.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102980%
Critics Consensus: Taxi to the Dark Side is an intelligent, powerful look into the dark corners of the War on Terror.
Filmmaker Alex Gibney examines the beating death of an Afghan cabdriver at an Air Force base.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104088%
Critics Consensus: Boasting narrative depth, frank honesty, and exquisite visual beauty, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a modern animated treasure with timeless appeal.
A tiny nymph found inside a bamboo stalk grows into a beautiful and desirable young woman, who orders her suitors... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101902%
Critics Consensus: The Taste of Others is a fresh, witty comedy about the attraction of opposites. The characters are well-drawn and engaging and their social interactions believable.
A provincial businessman (Jean-Pierre Bacri) and his wife encounter the hoi polloi during a night at the theater.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106236%
Critics Consensus: With its impressive action sequences, taut economic direction, and relentlessly fast pace, it's clear why The Terminator continues to be an influence on sci-fi and action flicks.
A cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from the future arrives in 20th-century Los Angeles to kill the woman (Linda Hamilton) who will... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101238%
Critics Consensus: A sobering documentary and a stark warning, A Thousand Cuts underscores the importance of the press at a pivotal moment in world history.
Journalist Maria Ressa risks her life and freedom as an outspoken critic of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103840%
Critics Consensus: A complex, stirring, and beautifully realized portrait of interconnected lives, Red is the captivating conclusion to a remarkable trilogy.
Tapped phone lines connect a Swiss law student, a model (IrÃ¨ne Jacob) and an ex-judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who eavesdrops.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107020%
Critics Consensus: Tokyo Story is a Yasujiro Ozu masterpiece whose rewarding complexity has lost none of its power more than half a century on.
An elderly Japanese couple (Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama) visit their busy children but are not treated with respect.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108512%
Critics Consensus: A glamorous and enthralling Depression-era diversion, Top Hat is nearly flawless, with acrobatics by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that make the hardest physical stunts seem light as air.
A woman (Ginger Rogers) believes that an enamored dancer (Fred Astaire) is her best friend's husband.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106934%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining as it is innovative, Toy Story reinvigorated animation while heralding the arrival of Pixar as a family-friendly force to be reckoned with.
A flashy new action hero's arrival creates upset in a community of toys that comes to life when people are... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108723%
Critics Consensus: The rare sequel that arguably improves on its predecessor, Toy Story 2 uses inventive storytelling, gorgeous animation, and a talented cast to deliver another rich moviegoing experience for all ages.
When a toy collector kidnaps Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the other toys band together to bring him home.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 109159%
Critics Consensus: Remade but never duplicated, this darkly humorous morality tale represents John Huston at his finest.
Three unlucky Americans (Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt) seek gold in Mexico, agreeing beforehand to split it equally.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106360%
Critics Consensus: An existential suspense classic, The Wages of Fear blends nonstop suspense with biting satire; its influence is still being felt on today's thrillers.
Four men take on the dangerous mission of driving two nitroglycerin-laden trucks through harsh terrain.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101834%
Critics Consensus: Waste Land begins with an eco-friendly premise, but quickly transforms into an uplifting portrait of the power of art and the dignity of the human spirit.
Artist Vik Muniz returns to his native Brazil to launch a project at Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest garbage dump.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100963%
Critics Consensus: We Were Here revisits the crises facing the gay community in the early 1980s -- and offers a powerful tribute to the inspiring resolve shown at a time of turmoil.
Filmmakers David Weissman and Bill Weber chronicle the effect of AIDS on San Francisco's gay community, and they show how... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103016%
Critics Consensus: An illuminating and urgent call to action, Welcome to Chechnya portrays the horrors of the mass persecution of the LGBTQ+ community in the Chechen Republic with tenacity and tenderness.
Activists risk their lives to confront Russian leader Ramzan Kadyrov and his government-directed campaign to detain, torture and execute LGBTQ... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101829%
Critics Consensus: Raw and energetic like the music that inspired the 1970s political movement, White Riot offers invaluable insight into how music can change the world -- and how Rock Against Racism still resonates.
An exploration of how punk influenced politics in late-1970s Britain when a group of artists united to take on the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101874%
Critics Consensus: Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror takes a fascinating deep dive that'll leave like-minded viewers making numerous new additions to their streaming queues.
Exploring the history of folk horror from its beginnings, through its proliferation on British television in the 1970s to the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102050%
Critics Consensus: The Work takes a gut-wrenching look at lives all too often written off as lost causes, persuasively arguing that growth and change can be waiting where we least expect it.
Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, three men from the outside participate in a four-day group therapy retreat... [More]