These Are The Kind Of Movies Only Critics Understand And Appreciate (25 pics)

Posted in INTERESTING       9 Mar 2017       5637       GALLERY VIEW

"Zero Dark Thirty" (2012)

Critic score: 95/100

User score: 6.8/10

Plot summary: "For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden."

What critics said: "A monumental achievement that documents a coordinated and complicated response to a monumental tragedy." — The Inquirer

24. "The Fits" (2016)

Critic score: 90/100

User score: 6.4/10

Plot summary: "Shortly after Toni joins the [dance] team, the captain faints during practice. By the end of the week, most of the girls on the team suffer from episodes of fainting, swooning, moaning, and shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable catharsis. Soon, however, the girls on the team embrace these mysterious spasms, transforming them into a rite of passage. Toni fears 'the fits' but is equally afraid of losing her place just as she's found her footing. Caught between her need for control and her desire for acceptance, Toni must decide how far she will go to embody her new ideals."

What critics said: "Plenty of films give the viewers far more information and still wind up feeling opaque and distanced from the characters' lives. But 'The Fits' is all about the experience of the moment, and it winds up feeling remarkably immersive and lyrical." — The Verge

23. "Sideways" (2004)

Critic score: 94/100

User score: 6.7/10

Plot summary: "Two old friends set off on a wine-tasting road trip ... only to veer dizzily sideways into a wry, comedic exploration of the crazy vicissitudes of love and friendship, the damnable persistence of loneliness and dreams and the enduring war between Pinot and Cabernet."

What critics said: "Sideways is beautifully written, terrifically acted; it is paced and constructed with such understated mastery that it is a sort of miracle. The observations are pitilessly exact and meshed with impeccably executed sight gags and funny lines, and everything is bathed in the solvent of exquisite sadness." — The Guardian

22. "The 6th Day" (2000)

Critic score: 49/100

User score: 2.1/10

Plot summary: "A provocative, high-octane look at what happens when technology falls into destructive, corrupt hands — and when one man refuses to be a pawn in the deadly conspiracy."

What critics said: "The delight of this awesome thriller is simply that Schwarzenegger — an old hand at this sort of running-around-shooting-henchmen thing — could easily sleepwalk through the movie ... but he doesn't." — The Dallas Observer

21. "This is Not a Film" (2012)

Critic score: 90/100

User score: 6.2/10

Plot summary: "This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment."

What critics said: "How did Mr. Panahi do this? I'm at a bit of a loss to explain, to tell you the truth, since my job is to review movies, and this, obviously, is something different: a masterpiece in a form that does not yet exist." — The New York Times

20. "Flight of the Red Balloon" (2008)

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 5.7/10

Plot summary: "Simon, a precocious young boy, must deal with the increasing fragility of his mother, the loving yet preoccupied Suzanne. Completely immersed in her own tribulations, Suzanne hires Song, a Taiwanese film student, to help care for Simon. Together with Song, a unique extended family is formed, utterly interdependent yet lost in separate thoughts and dreams mirrored by a delicate, shiny red balloon."

What critics said: "'Flight of the Red Balloon' is in a class by itself. In its unexpected rhythms and visual surprises, its structural innovations and experimental perfs, its creative misunderstandings and its outré syntheses, this is a movie of genius." — The Village Voice

19. "Two for the Money" (2005)

Critic score: 50/100

User score: 2.1/10

Plot summary: "Matthew McConaughey stars as Brandon Lang, a former college football star whose uncanny ability to predict the outcome of a makes him a prime candidate for recruitment by Walter Abrams (Pacino), the head of one of the biggest sports consulting operations in the country."

What critics said: "In D.J. Caruso's "Two for the Money," you can see Al Pacino doing something he's done a lot lately: Having a terrific time being an actor." — The Chicago Sun-Times

18. "Oculus" (2014)

Critic score: 61/100

User score: 3.2/10

Plot summary: "Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force — unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home."

What critics said: "In 'Oculus,' the horror is at once deceptively simple and rooted in a deep, primal uneasiness. Its scariest aspects are universally familiar: By witnessing the two leads fall prey to the ghastly object’s manipulation, we too become its victims." — Indiewire

17. "Bait" (2000)

Critic score: 39/100

User score: 1/10

Plot summary: "Alvin Sanders is set up as bait by Treasury Agent Clenteen to trap a dangerous criminal."

What critics said: "It's another slick-and-quick muscle car of a movie, racing along for a couple of hours, taking you nowhere as fast as it can." — Chicago Tribune

16. "What Planet Are You From?" (2000)

Critic score: 41/100

User score: 1/10

Plot summary: "An alien is assigned to Earth to save his planet. To do this he must breed with a woman on Earth; however, as an alien his 'plumbing' isn't quite the same."

What critics said: "In another universe — though it is difficult to imagine which one — Garry Shandling might be sexy." — San Francisco Tribune

15. "35 Shots of Rum" (2009)

Critic score: 92/100

User score: 6.1/10

Plot summary: "A widowed conductor, looking forward to retirement, lives with his grown daughter in a Paris suburb. When a neighbor starts to show interest in his 'little girl,' the conductor tries to adjust."

What critics said: "For 20 years, Claire Denis has been among France's foremost filmmakers with her acute yet subtle observations of the ebbs and flows within relationships. Her perception and understanding seem to grow only richer over the years, and her newest film, '35 Shots of Rum,' is surely one of her finest — and thereby one of the best films of the year." — Los Angeles Times

14. "Ghostbusters" (2016)

Critic score: 60/100

User score: 2.8/10

Plot summary: "Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig combines all the paranormal fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today."

What critics said: "The original 'Ghostbusters' will always be a film that means something special to me. The good news is, there's a whole new generation that's about to feel that way about this one. And more power to them." — HitFix

13. "Amores Perros" (2001)

Critic score: 83/100

User score: 4.9/10

Plot summary: "A bold, intensely emotional, and ambitious story of lives that collide in a Mexico City car crash."

What critics said: "In his very first film Mr. González Iñárritu makes the kind of journey some directors don't, or can't, travel in an entire career." — The New York Times

12. "The Nightmare" (2015)

Critic score: 68/100

User score: 3.3/10

Plot summary: "From Rodney Ascher, the director of Room 237, comes a documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of Sleep Paralysis through the eyes of eight very different people."

What critics said: "With 'The Nightmare,' Ascher abandons the strictures of a conventional documentary to frolic in the terrifying netherworlds of human consciousness." — The Dissolve

11. "Hard to Be a God" (2015)

Critic score: 90/100

User score: 5.5/10

Plot summary: "A group of research scientists has been sent to the planet Arkanar, living under an oppressed regime in a period equivalent to earth’s Middle Ages. [...] Don Rumata, recognized by the locals as a sort of futuristic god, tries to save the local intelligentsia from their punishment. He cannot avoid taking the stance: 'What would you do in God’s place?'"

What critics said: "'Hard to Be a God' creates its own uncanny world: it is beautiful, brilliant and bizarre." — The Guardian

10. "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" (2011)

Critic score: 52/100

User score: 1.6/10

Plot summary: "The inspiring true story and rare inside look at the rise of Justin from street performer in the small town of Stratford, Ontario to internet phenomenon to global super star culminating with a dream sold out show at the famed Madison Square Garden in 3-D."

What critics said: "The film presents Bieber as an icon with an epic life story — which is a bit much. Yet his grassroots rise is fascinating." — Entertainment Weekly

9. "Harvard Man" (2002)

Critic score: 52/100

User score: 1.6/10

Plot summary: "Alan (Grenier) is a Harvard student indulging in all of life's more interesting vices — illicit sex, drugs and high-stakes gambling, with a little Heidegger thrown in for good measure."

What critics said: "In a summer of clones, 'Harvard Man' is something rare and riveting: a wild ride that relies on more than special effects." — Rolling Stone

8. "Best Kept Secret" (2013)

Critic score: 100/100

User score: 6.2/10

Plot summary: "JFK High School, located in the midst of a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs, ranging from those on the autism spectrum to those with multiple disabilities. Janet Mino has taught her class of young men with autism for four years. When they all graduate in the spring of 2012, they will leave the security of the public school system forever."

What critics said: "'Best Kept Secret' is an exemplary documentary: It spotlights an important issue yet never seeks to squeeze the truth into an easily digestible narrative frame. Instead it expands its storytelling to the boundaries of messy, joyful and painful reality." — New York Times

7. "Boiler Room" (2000)

Critic score: 63/100

User score: 2.4/10

Plot summary: "A riveting expose of one of the biggest and most lucrative scams in American history — and a dramatic look at a generation obsessed with the speed of wealth and success."

What critics said: "Like 'Mean Streets' and 'Goodfellas,' 'Boiler Room' takes us inside the consciousness and the coded masculine world of a single character." — The Village Voice

6. "May" (2003)

Critic score: 58/100

User score: 1/10

Plot summary: "A hybrid of camp horror and psychological thriller."

What critics said: "The movie subtly darkens its tone until, when the horrifying ending arrives, we can see how we got there." — The Chicago Sun-Times

5. "True Legend" (2011)

Critic score: 62/100

User score: 1.3/10

Plot summary: "Su Can’s respectable life is obliterated when his vengeful brother, Yuan, returns from war armed with the deadly Five Venom Fists. Weakened but not destroyed, Su Can learns a never-before-seen form of martial arts: the Drunken Fist. Armed with this new power, he returns home to honor his family through retribution by taking on his brother in a battle to become the ultimate warrior."

What critics said: "Fans don’t go to martial-arts movies for the story. They want action — and Yuen doesn’t disappoint." — The New York Post

4. "Timecode" (2000)

Critic score: 65/100

User score: 1.3/10

Plot summary: "Mike Figgis's boldly innovative movie, using entirely improvised dialogue, simultaneously shows the audience four separate digital 'movies,' directing the audience's attention by manipulating the volume within the shots. The four individual movies, each shot simultaneously in 93 minutes of 'real time' and synchronized by a series of earthquakes, tell the story of the casting of a bizarre movie in a Hollywood film production company."

What critics said: "It's amazing to see a film so brazenly experimental, so committed to reflecting on the circumstances and techniques of its making, that is at the same time so intent upon delivering old-fashioned cinematic pleasures like humor and pathos, character and plot." — The New York Times

3. "Maria Full of Grace" (2004)

Critic score: 87/100

User score: 3.4/10

Plot summary: "This film follows a bright, gutsy young woman on a life-changing — and life-threatening — odyssey from Colombia to New York, weaving a gripping narrative of risk, determination and survival."

What critics said: "A revelatory independent film whose moments of incredible sadness are offset by the same state of grace that blesses its astonishing title character." — San Francisco Chronicle

2. "Nurse Betty" (2000)

Critic score: 69/100

User score: 1/10

Plot summary: "A film about a widow's post-traumatic obsession with a soap star doctor."

What critics said: "It’s one of those exciting experiences that restimulates an appetite for the medium after a summer of swallowing tasteless, predictable pap." — Entertainment Weekly

1. "I Am Not Your Negro" (2016)

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 3.3/10

Plot summary: "Director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished — a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words."

What critics said: "The cinematic miracle in question is 'I Am Not Your Negro,' an elegant, emotionally devastating film by Raoul Peck about James Baldwin." — The Washington Post





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