The Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)

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 (So Far)! 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 so far. Is it horror smash A Quiet Place? Mega comic crossover Avengers: Infinity War? Hit documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 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 YouBlindspotting, and Eighth Grade.

Remember to check back, as we’ll be updating the list every time a new movie gets Certified Fresh. Happy watching! And stay tuned.

Updated 9/17: A Simple Favor, Mandy, The Happy Prince

#107

Damsel (2018)
71%

#107
Adjusted Score: 75.315%
Critics Consensus: The beautifully filmed Damsel injects the western genre with a welcome dose of humor and some unexpected twists, although its stately pace may frustrate impatient viewers.
Synopsis: Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson), an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American Frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope... [More]

#106

Ready Player One (2018)
72%

#106
Adjusted Score: 90.974%
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.
Synopsis: In the year 2045, people can escape their harsh reality in the OASIS, an immersive virtual world where you can... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#105

Final Portrait (2018)
74%

#105
Adjusted Score: 79.77%
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.
Synopsis: FINAL PORTRAIT is the story of the touching and offbeat friendship between American writer and art-lover James Lord and Alberto... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Tucci

#104

Mom and Dad (2018)
74%

#104
Adjusted Score: 79.546%
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.
Synopsis: A strange disorder suddenly causes parents to violently turn against their own children, forcing a suburban teen (Anne Winters) and... [More]
Directed By: Brian Taylor

#103

Gemini (2018)
75%

#103
Adjusted Score: 77.357%
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.
Synopsis: A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant (Lola Kirke - MISTRESS AMERICA, MOZART IN THE... [More]
Directed By: Aaron Katz (II)

#102
Adjusted Score: 81.994%
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.
Synopsis: John Callahan has a lust for life, a talent for off-color jokes, and a drinking problem. When an all-night bender... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant

#101

The King (2018)
76%

#101
Adjusted Score: 79.42%
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.
Synopsis: Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki's new film takes the King's... [More]
Directed By: Eugene Jarecki

#100

The Happy Prince (2018)
76%

#100
Adjusted Score: 77.294%
Critics Consensus: A passion project for writer, director, and star Rupert Everett, The Happy Prince pays effective tribute to Oscar Wilde with a poignant look at his tragic final days.
Synopsis: The last days of Oscar Wilde -- and the ghosts that haunted them -- are vividly evoked in Rupert Everett's... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Everett

#99

Breath (2018)
77%

#99
Adjusted Score: 78.462%
Critics Consensus: A coming of age drama with a surfing twist, Breath navigates seemingly familiar waters -- but has surprising depth below the surface.
Synopsis: Based on the award-winning, international best-selling novel by Tim Winton, Simon Baker's directorial debut BREATH follows two teenage boys, Pikelet... [More]
Directed By: Simon Baker

#98
Adjusted Score: 77.518%
Critics Consensus: Let the Corpses Tan challenges the audience's expectations -- and delivers a singularly stylish, unforgettably unique viewing experience in the bargain.
Synopsis: Belgian filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani trade in the crushed velvet and creeping shadows of their giallo-worshiping first two... [More]

#97
Adjusted Score: 78.406%
Critics Consensus: Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist takes a thoroughly entertaining -- albeit necessarily incomplete -- look at the life and career of a British fashion pioneer.
Synopsis: Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British... [More]
Directed By: Lorna Tucker

#96
Adjusted Score: 79.238%
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.
Synopsis: In his twentieth film, acclaimed horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa reinvents the alien movie as a unique and profoundly human tale... [More]
Directed By: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

#95

The Escape (2018)
78%

#95
Adjusted Score: 79.294%
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.
Synopsis: A woman sets out to reclaim her life in this stirring, emotionally rich look at what it means to start... [More]
Directed By: Dominic Savage

#94

Dark River (2018)
79%

#94
Adjusted Score: 80.909%
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.
Synopsis: Following the death of her father, Alice (Golden Globe (R)-winner Ruth Wilson, "The Affair") returns to her home village for... [More]
Directed By: Clio Barnard

#93

Unsane (2018)
80%

#93
Adjusted Score: 90.078%
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.
Synopsis: A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#92

The Party (2018)
80%

#92
Adjusted Score: 86.665%
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.
Synopsis: In Sally Potter's new dark comedy THE PARTY, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in... [More]
Directed By: Sally Potter

#91

Juliet, Naked (2018)
81%

#91
Adjusted Score: 86.21%
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.
Synopsis: Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O'Dowd) - an obsessive fan of obscure rocker... [More]
Directed By: Jesse Peretz

#90

Chappaquiddick (2018)
81%

#90
Adjusted Score: 86.938%
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.
Synopsis: In the riveting suspense drama, CHAPPAQUIDDICK, the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as... [More]
Directed By: John Curran

#89

Where Is Kyra? (2018)
81%

#89
Adjusted Score: 82.63%
Critics Consensus: Where Is Kyra? rests on Michelle Pfeiffer's magnetically raw performance -- and lives up to it with a trenchant, hard-hitting story.
Synopsis: An unemployed woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) finds her life falling apart following the death of her mother, and soon resorts to... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Dosunmu

#88

Early Man (2018)
81%

#88
Adjusted Score: 88.448%
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.
Synopsis: In this stop-motion animated comedy set in prehistoric times, a tribe of primitive hunters are displaced from their homes by... [More]
Directed By: Nick Park

#87

Alpha (2018)
82%

#87
Adjusted Score: 86.763%
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.
Synopsis: An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age,ALPHAtells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the... [More]
Directed By: Albert Hughes

#86

Ghost Stories (2018)
82%

#86
Adjusted Score: 86.539%
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.
Synopsis: Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all thing paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman

#85

Puzzle (2018)
83%

#85
Adjusted Score: 88.155%
Critics Consensus: Puzzle transcends its quirky premise with honest emotion -- and Kelly Macdonald, whose nicely understated performance proves she's too often underutilized.
Synopsis: PUZZLE is a closely observed portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home,... [More]
Directed By: Marc Turtletaub

#84

Deadpool 2 (2018)
82%

#84
Adjusted Score: 98.96%
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.
Synopsis: After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming... [More]
Directed By: David Leitch

#83
Adjusted Score: 84.133%
Critics Consensus: Under the Tree leads viewers into decidedly bleak territory, but it's leavened by sly intelligence and a surprising sense of humor.
Synopsis: UNDER THE TREE follows a man who is accused of adultery and forced to move in with his parents. While... [More]

#82

Beirut (2018)
83%

#82
Adjusted Score: 88.546%
Critics Consensus: Beirut tells a complex, tightly plotted tale of international intrigue, further elevated by strong central performances from Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike.
Synopsis: Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris) must send a former U.S. diplomat (Jon... [More]
Directed By: Brad Anderson

#81

Nancy (2018)
83%

#81
Adjusted Score: 84.294%
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.
Synopsis: NANCY is a provocative psychological thriller about love, intimacy, and trust - and what happens when lies become truth. Craving... [More]
Directed By: Christina Choe

#80
Adjusted Score: 82.35%
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.
Synopsis: A hard rain is about to fall on a small town in Southern China. In a desperate attempt to find... [More]
Directed By: Jian Liu

#79

Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018)
83%

#79
Adjusted Score: 89.385%
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.
Synopsis: It's the summer of 1980 and Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) is the top tennis player in the world, dominating the... [More]
Directed By: Janus Metz

#78

Blockers (2018)
83%

#78
Adjusted Score: 92.071%
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.
Synopsis: When three parents stumble upon their daughters' pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation... [More]
Directed By: Kay Cannon

#77

A Simple Favor (2018)
84%

#77
Adjusted Score: 91.113%
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.
Synopsis: A SIMPLE FAVOR, a stylish post-modern film noir directed by Paul Feig, centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy blogger... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#76
#76
Adjusted Score: 103.422%
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.
Synopsis: An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#75

The Final Year (2018)
84%

#75
Adjusted Score: 88.371%
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.
Synopsis: THE FINAL YEAR is a unique insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their last year in... [More]
Directed By: Greg Barker

#74

Game Night (2018)
84%

#74
Adjusted Score: 94.246%
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.
Synopsis: Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max's... [More]
Directed By: John Francis Daley

#73

Disobedience (2018)
85%

#73
Adjusted Score: 91.665%
Critics Consensus: Disobedience explores a variety of thought-provoking themes, bolstered by gripping work from leads Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola.
Synopsis: From Sebastián Lelio, the director of the Academy Award-winning A Fantastic Woman, the film follows a woman as she returns... [More]
Directed By: Sebastián Lelio

#72

Mountain (2018)
85%

#72
Adjusted Score: 87.413%
Critics Consensus: Mountain offers a visually thrilling -- and surprisingly affecting -- look at man's relationship with some of Earth's most imposing natural wonders.
Synopsis: Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places... [More]
Starring: Willem Dafoe
Directed By: Jennifer Peedom

#71
Adjusted Score: 90.49%
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.
Synopsis: Juliette Binoche delivers a luminous performance in the deliciously witty, sensuously romantic new film from acclaimed director Claire Denis (White... [More]
Directed By: Claire Denis

#70
#70
Adjusted Score: 89.476%
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.
Synopsis: Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director... [More]
Directed By: Josephine Decker

#69

The Wife (2018)
85%

#69
Adjusted Score: 90.77%
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.
Synopsis: After nearly forty years of marriage, JOAN and JOE CASTLEMAN (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is... [More]
Directed By: Björn Runge

#68

Tully (2018)
86%

#68
Adjusted Score: 98.036%
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.
Synopsis: A new comedy from Academy Award (R)-nominated director Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") and Academy Award (R)-winning screenwriter Diablo... [More]
Directed By: Jason Reitman

#67
Adjusted Score: 93.889%
Critics Consensus: The Miseducation of Cameron Post tells its timely coming-of-age story with wit, compassion, and an affecting overall generosity of spirit.
Synopsis: Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she's caught with another... [More]
Directed By: Desiree Akhavan

#66
Adjusted Score: 90.308%
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.
Synopsis: From Academy Award (R)-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi - animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, and... [More]
Directed By: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

#65
Adjusted Score: 90.252%
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.
Synopsis: This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate... [More]
Directed By: Sophie Fiennes

#64

Upgrade (2018)
87%

#64
Adjusted Score: 94.113%
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.
Synopsis: After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall Green, SPIDER-MAN:... [More]
Directed By: Leigh Whannell

#63
Adjusted Score: 89.525%
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.
Synopsis: Wim Wenders' new documentary, "Pope Francis - A Man of His Word," is intended to be a personal journey with... [More]
Starring: Pope Francis
Directed By: Wim Wenders

#62

Thoroughbreds (2018)
87%

#62
Adjusted Score: 93.609%
Critics Consensus: Thoroughbreds juggles genres with panache, delivering a well-written and refreshingly unpredictable entry in the teen thriller genre.
Synopsis: Childhood friends Lily and Amanda reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily has turned into a polished,... [More]
Directed By: Cory Finley

#61

Annihilation (2018)
87%

#61
Adjusted Score: 99.484%
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.
Synopsis: Based on Jeff VanderMeer's best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva... [More]
Directed By: Alex Garland

#60
Adjusted Score: 99.141%
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.
Synopsis: A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control,... [More]
Directed By: Lynne Ramsay

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 105.128%
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.
Synopsis: From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: "Ant-Man and The... [More]
Directed By: Peyton Reed

#58

A Ciambra (2018)
88%

#58
Adjusted Score: 89.853%
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.
Synopsis: In A CIAMBRA, a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he... [More]
Directed By: Jonas Carpignano

#57
#57
Adjusted Score: 92.315%
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.
Synopsis: In today's Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel... [More]
Directed By: Ziad Doueiri

#56

American Animals (2018)
89%

#56
Adjusted Score: 96.896%
Critics Consensus: American Animals tangles with a number of weighty themes, but never at the expense of delivering a queasily compelling true crime thriller.
Synopsis: The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art... [More]
Directed By: Bart Layton

#55
Adjusted Score: 90.462%
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.
Synopsis: A look at Jean-Michel Basquiat's life pre-fame, and how New York City, the times, the people and the movements around... [More]
Directed By: Sara Driver

#54

Skate Kitchen (2018)
89%

#54
Adjusted Score: 91.581%
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.
Synopsis: In the first narrative feature from The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle, Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder (newcomer Rachelle Vinberg) from... [More]
Directed By: Crystal Moselle

#53
Adjusted Score: 92.245%
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.
Synopsis: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is the deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed... [More]
Directed By: Matt Tyrnauer

#52

Hereditary (2018)
89%

#52
Adjusted Score: 104.114%
Critics Consensus: Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.
Synopsis: When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying... [More]
Directed By: Ari Aster

#51

We the Animals (2018)
89%

#51
Adjusted Score: 91.637%
Critics Consensus: Dreamlike and haunting, We the Animals approaches the coming-of-age odyssey with a uniquely documentarian eye.
Synopsis: Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through their childhood, in the midst of their young parents'... [More]
Directed By: Jeremiah Zagar

#50
Adjusted Score: 91.294%
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.
Synopsis: André Leon Talley has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it's difficult to imagine... [More]
Directed By: Kate Novack

#49

Isle of Dogs (2018)
90%

#49
Adjusted Score: 105.17%
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.
Synopsis: In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#48
Adjusted Score: 94.819%
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.
Synopsis: When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! "Teen Titans GO! to the Movies" finds our... [More]

#47

Hearts Beat Loud (2018)
91%

#47
Adjusted Score: 97.05%
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.
Synopsis: Widower and aging Brooklyn hipster Frank starts a band with his teenage daughter Sam just before she leaves home to... [More]
Directed By: Brett Haley

#46
#46
Adjusted Score: 94.476%
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.
Synopsis: Lisa Conroy is the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side "sports bar with curves,"-- but as general... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Bujalski

#45

Searching (2018)
93%

#45
Adjusted Score: 101.735%
Critics Consensus: Searching's timely premise and original execution are further bolstered by well-rounded characters brought to life by a talented cast.
Synopsis: After David Kim (John Cho)'s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to... [More]
Directed By: Aneesh Chaganty

#44

Lean on Pete (2018)
92%

#44
Adjusted Score: 99.225%
Critics Consensus: Lean on Pete avoids mawkish melodrama, offering an empathetic yet clear-eyed portrayal of a young man at a crossroads that confirms Charley Plummer as a major talent.
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Haigh

#43

Love, Simon (2018)
92%

#43
Adjusted Score: 101.463%
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.
Synopsis: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it's a little more complicated: he's yet to... [More]
Directed By: Greg Berlanti

#42

First Reformed (2018)
93%

#42
Adjusted Score: 102.463%
Critics Consensus: Brought to life by delicate work from writer-director Paul Schrader and elevated by a standout performance by Ethan Hawke, First Reformed takes a sensitive and suspenseful look at weighty themes.
Synopsis: Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New... [More]
Directed By: Paul Schrader

#41

Nico, 1988 (2018)
93%

#41
Adjusted Score: 95.357%
Critics Consensus: Nico, 1988 takes an absorbing -- and appropriately idiosyncratic -- look at the singer's later years.
Synopsis: NICO, 1988 follows the singer-songwriter, approaching 50, leading a solitary existence in Manchester, far from her 60s glam days as... [More]
Directed By: Susanna Nicchiarelli

#40

Journey's End (2018)
93%

#40
Adjusted Score: 96.644%
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.
Synopsis: March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of norther France, led by the war-weary Captain... [More]
Directed By: Saul Dibb

#39

Revenge (2018)
93%

#39
Adjusted Score: 97.595%
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.
Synopsis: Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, Rings) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted... [More]
Directed By: Coralie Fargeat

#38

Blindspotting (2018)
93%

#38
Adjusted Score: 98.882%
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.
Synopsis: Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning.... [More]
Directed By: Carlos Lopez Estrada

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 106.771%
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.
Synopsis: "Crazy Rich Asians" follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to... [More]
Directed By: Jon M. Chu

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 102.742%
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.
Synopsis: In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success,... [More]
Directed By: Boots Riley

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 95.077%
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.
Synopsis: Cold War is a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched and... [More]
Directed By: Pawel Pawlikowski

#34

RBG (2018)
94%

#34
Adjusted Score: 99.938%
Critics Consensus: RBG might be preaching to the choir of viewers who admire Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but it does so effectively.
Synopsis: At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming... [More]
Directed By: Betsy West, Julie Cohen

#33

Incredibles 2 (2018)
94%

#33
Adjusted Score: 109.785%
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.
Synopsis: Everyone's favorite family of superheroes is back in "Incredibles 2"--but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

#32
Adjusted Score: 95.798%
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.
Synopsis: An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. The women of... [More]
Directed By: Xavier Beauvois

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 95.909%
Critics Consensus: A Prayer Before Dawn is far from an easy watch, but this harrowing prison odyssey delivers rich rewards -- led by an outstanding central performance from Joe Cole.
Synopsis: A Prayer Before Dawn is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of... [More]

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 101.896%
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.
Synopsis: In LOVELESS, Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on... [More]
Directed By: Andrey Zvyagintsev

#29

Mandy (2018)
93%

#29
Adjusted Score: 98.434%
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.
Synopsis: Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven... [More]
Directed By: Panos Cosmatos

#28
Adjusted Score: 99.203%
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.
Synopsis: A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the center in this tense family... [More]
Directed By: Xavier Legrand

#27

Western (2018)
95%

#27
Adjusted Score: 97.301%
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.
Synopsis: A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote building site in the Bulgarian countryside. The... [More]
Directed By: Valeska Grisebach

#26

Sweet Country (2018)
95%

#26
Adjusted Score: 98.532%
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.
Synopsis: Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback of Australia's Northern Territory. When Harry, a bitter... [More]
Directed By: Warwick Thornton

#25

Zama (2018)
95%

#25
Adjusted Score: 98.924%
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.
Synopsis: Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him... [More]
Directed By: Lucrecia Martel

#24

The Endless (2018)
95%

#24
Adjusted Score: 99.595%
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.
Synopsis: Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Moorhead and Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two... [More]

#23

Beast (2018)
95%

#23
Adjusted Score: 100.49%
Critics Consensus: Beast plays like bleak poetry, unfurling its psychological thrills while guided by its captivating leads and mesmerizing, visceral visuals.
Synopsis: Moll is 27 and still living at home, stifled by the small island community around her and too beholden to... [More]
Directed By: Michael Pearce

#22

BlacKkKlansman (2018)
95%

#22
Adjusted Score: 111.121%
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.
Synopsis: From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It's the early 1970s, and Ron... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#21
Adjusted Score: 96.35%
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.
Synopsis: This documentary examines the career, life, artistry and legacy of the late Robin Williams with intimate archival footage and interviews... [More]
Directed By: Marina Zenovich

#20

A Quiet Place (2018)
95%

#20
Adjusted Score: 110.505%
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.
Synopsis: In the modern horror thriller A QUIET PLACE, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious... [More]
Directed By: John Krasinski

#19

24 Frames (2018)
96%

#19
Adjusted Score: 97.518%
Critics Consensus: 24 Frames offers Kiarostami fans one final, affecting reminder of what made this filmmaker a talent to treasure.
Synopsis: For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director AbbasKiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Abbas Kiarostami

#18

I Am Not a Witch (2018)
96%

#18
Adjusted Score: 98.189%
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.
Synopsis: After a banal accident in her village, Shula, an eight-year-old girl, is accused of witchcraft. After a quick trial, she... [More]
Directed By: Rungano Nyoni

#17

Filmworker (2018)
96%

#17
Adjusted Score: 98.917%
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.
Synopsis: It's a rare person who would give up fame and fortune to toil in obscurity for someone else's creative vision.... [More]
Directed By: Tony Zierra

#16

Foxtrot (2018)
96%

#16
Adjusted Score: 101.49%
Critics Consensus: Foxtrot uses topical themes to deliver a bruising sociopolitical statement that's equally effective taken simply as an absorbing, well-acted drama.
Synopsis: Michael and Dafna experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their... [More]
Directed By: Samuel Maoz

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 106.973%
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.
Synopsis: The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In... [More]
Directed By: Armando Iannucci

#14

The Rider (2018)
97%

#14
Adjusted Score: 104.057%
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.
Synopsis: Based on his a true story, THE RIDER stars breakout Brady Jandreau as a once rising star of the rodeo... [More]
Directed By: Chloé Zhao

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 102.882%
Critics Consensus: Surreal and surprising, Three Identical Strangers effectively questions the nature of reality and identity.
Synopsis: Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Tim Wardle

#12
Adjusted Score: 115.303%
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.
Synopsis: The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his... [More]
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

#11

Black Panther (2018)
97%

#11
Adjusted Score: 118.884%
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.
Synopsis: "Black Panther" follows T'Challa who, after the events of "Captain America: Civil War," returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Coogler

#10

In Between (2018)
98%

#10
Adjusted Score: 100.133%
Critics Consensus: In Between takes a light yet nuanced approach to dramatizing complex, timely themes, further enriched by outstanding cinematography and powerful performances.
Synopsis: Three Palestinian women attempt to balance faith and tradition with their modern lives while living in the heart of Tel... [More]
Directed By: Maysaloun Hamoud

#9

Eighth Grade (2018)
98%

#9
Adjusted Score: 107.798%
Critics Consensus: Eighth Grade takes a look at its titular time period that offers a rare and resounding ring of truth while heralding breakthroughs for writer-director Bo Burnham and captivating star Elsie Fisher.
Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of... [More]
Directed By: Bo Burnham

#8

The Cakemaker (2018)
98%

#8
Adjusted Score: 99.406%
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.
Synopsis: Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits... [More]
Directed By: Ofir Raul Graizer

#7
Adjusted Score: 108.127%
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.
Synopsis: From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at... [More]
Directed By: Morgan Neville

#6

Night Comes On (2018)
100%

#6
Adjusted Score: 101.294%
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.
Synopsis: Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, Angel embarks... [More]
Directed By: Jordana Spiro

#5

Oh Lucy! (2018)
100%

#5
Adjusted Score: 101.63%
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.
Synopsis: Setsuko is a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she's... [More]
Directed By: Atsuko Hirayanagi

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 103.196%
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.
Synopsis: In Carla Simón's touching autobiographical film, six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased... [More]
Directed By: Carla Simón

#3

McQueen (2018)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: 104.875%
Critics Consensus: McQueen offers an intimate, well-sourced, and overall moving look at a young life and brilliant career that were tragically cut short.
Synopsis: A personal look at the extraordinary life, career and artistry of Alexander McQueen. Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Ian Bonhôte

#2

Leave No Trace (2018)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 109.351%
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.
Synopsis: Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the... [More]
Directed By: Debra Granik

#1

Paddington 2 (2018)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 110.47%
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.
Synopsis: PADDINGTON 2 finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member... [More]
Directed By: Paul King (VII)

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