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Criticker’s Twenty Best Films of 2015: #10 – #1

Here they are, your top ten films of 2015. As always seems to the case, this list includes a wide range of genres, from drama to documentary, action to animation. Some are out of Hollywood, others definitely aren’t, some are non-stop thrill rides, others are more introspective. But taken all together, what this list signifies to us is: damn, the Criticker Community has good taste!

If you haven’t already, check out the first half of this list. And don’t forget to look at the worst ten films of the year, either… just so you know what to avoid.

And from us at Criticker… best of wishes for 2016!

10. Carol – 7.5476 Average Tier

“I need to mull it over more, but this is likely Todd Haynes’ opus, and that’s saying something. It feels like Haynes has spent his entire career building to the subtle grace that fills every frame of Carol. Where Far From Heaven was a self-conscious homage to the Sirkian melodrama and all that that entails on a textual level, Carol simply is. It brings its era to life, rather than using it as a weapon. The difference is astounding.” – wetwillies

9. Mad Max: Fury Road – 7.6165 Average Tier

” Here comes Mad Max: Fury Road to revive this arid wasteland we call Hollywood filmmaking and to prove that blockbusters need not be one homogeneous mass of bland and boring sameness. It’s a visually glorious and furiously raging beast of a film but it also boasts a feminist subtext and a surprising amount of narrative depth. It puts other blockbuster films to shame. What a lovely day!” – RaymundLi

8. 45 Years – 7.6429 Average Tier

“Slow and thoughtful with strong, understated performances, that leave the viewer to interpret the way the story ends.” – mandy

7. Victoria – 7.6582 Average Tier

“Of course we could talk about technique, about acting, about details, about the guts and shortcomings of this project. But, in the end nothing matters but this: I cried. I laughed. I have clawed me in the seat. I heard my heart beating. If that ain’t cinema, I don’t know what is.” – Hofschneider

6. The Hateful Eight – 7.7097 Average Tier

“Combine the paranoia of “The Thing” with the mystery of “Clue”, set it in 1800’s Wyoming and you get “The Hateful Eight”. Once again Tarantino proves that his films are, if nothing else, damn entertaining. At close to 3 hours long and 85% of it taking place in one room, I was never bored for a second. That’s good film making!” – Jerky

5. Inside Out – 7.8125 Average Tier

“A bit schematic in its manipulations, but, Christ, this is a deeply sad ode to the fragility of identity. A pit of memories, once cherished, relegated to ash. The protagonists, helpless to do anything, witnessing everything they love about a young girl crumbling to dust under the weight of new experience. In the end, Riley’s personality isn’t restored; instead, the foundation of a novel personality is built from the rubble of half-forgotten memories & new knowledge of the world, disenchanted.” – theficionado

4. Son of Saul – 7.8901 Average Tier

“Apart from being an almost perfect model for “hell” in the literal sense with the help of long shots and a concentration on the protagonist to follow his psychological demise step-by-step, I think the film is about the brittleness and naivety of human soul (because Saul creates his own hope and belief instead of resisting with the others) which makes this piece a very humanist account despite the formal indifference which avoids sentimental bullshit. Can easliy named “Come and See” Vol. 2″ – loc42

3. Spotlight – 8.0057 Average Tier

“Absolutely fantastic. In execution, it is definitely the best produced film I have seen this year. A cast worthy of every award, but most importantly Ruffalo’s performance, acting in a great script. The only issue I had with the film was the lack of great direction, but McCarthy did a good job, and it is never bad. Honestly, it’s hard-hitting, it’s scary, and it’s damning. An amazing film; one we may be hearing about in award season.” – Groovy_Souls

2. The Revenant – 8.1394 Average Tier

“Iñárritu is eternally contemplating the beauty and brutality of nature, including us, and here he finds the purest expression of his career. Pure in the sense that the effect of the revenge plot is almost subdued – what resonates is the wonder and hallucinatory ecstasy the wild brings. I have never seen it done on such a level, with crystalline images that hold together heaven and earth.” – schnofel

1. The Look of Silence – 8.3636 Average Tier

“Superior to Act of Killing in most ways, The Look of Silence confronts instead of stages. And manages to provide a both more complex and heart-rending take on the consequences of the Indonesian genocide.” – Langelund

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1 Response to “Criticker’s Twenty Best Films of 2015: #10 – #1”

  1. 1 ShogunRua

    The list suffers from a certain recency bias in the same way IMDB does. That is, a movie will have much higher average ratings/tiers right after release than it will several months down the line. Thus, tere are many recent movies on this list, but I can guarantee, for instance, that “The Hateful Eight” will be nowhere near a 7.68 average tier in six months.

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