|Good (Metascore ≥ 61)||218 films|
|Mixed (40-60)||178 films|
|Bad (≤ 39)||77 films|
While most of 2013's very best-reviewed films landed in the wide release category last year, several notable films never hit the 600 theater mark, and thus remain in our "limited release" category. Included here are the Coen brothers' folk music drama Inside Llewyn Davis, the Robert Redford-starring shipwreck tale All Is Lost, and Alexander Payne's black-and-white road trip dramedy Nebraska, three films with potential to be major players when the Oscar nominations are announced next week.
As always, however, much of our list of 2013's best limited releases consists of foreign-langauge films and documentaries. The latter category is led by two striking examples of the form that wowed numerous critics last year: The Act of Killing, in which perpetrators of an Indonesian genocide re-enact their killings in the style of various Hollywood movies, and Stories We Tell, a surprising personal tale from filmmaker Sarah Polley. The year's best-reviewed foreign film was Blue Is the Warmest Color, a drama about a lesbian teen romance that dominated the awards at last year's Cannes festival.
In all, 46% of limited release films received positive reviews from critics in 2013. That is lower than 2012's success rate of 49%, and it is the fourth consecutive year that percentage has declined. (As recently as 2009, 58% of limited release films received positive reviews). One reason for the decline in positively reviewed films might be that more movies are being released. There were 473 limited releases (with 7 or more reviews from critics) last year, compared to just 421 the previous year.
|1||Inside Llewyn Davis||Drama, Comedy||+ Queue||92||7.4|
|2||Stories We Tell||Documentary||+ Queue||91||7.8|
|3||The Act of Killing||Foreign, Documentary||+ Queue||89||8.7|
|4||Blue Is the Warmest Color||Foreign, Drama||+ Queue||88||8.1|
|5||All Is Lost||Drama||+ Queue||87||6.6|
|6||Nebraska||Drama, Comedy||+ Queue||86||7.9|
|7||Drug War||Foreign, Thriller||+ Queue||86||7.1|
|8||The Great Beauty||Foreign, Drama||+ Queue||86||7.5|
|9||Let the Fire Burn||Documentary||+ Queue||86||n/a|
|10||The Wind Rises *||Foreign, Animation||+ Queue||84||8.4|
|11||War Witch||Foreign, Drama||+ Queue||84||8.1|
|12||Museum Hours||Foreign, Drama||+ Queue||83||6.3|
|14||20 Feet from Stardom||Documentary||+ Queue||83||7.6|
|15||The Selfish Giant||Drama||+ Queue||83||n/a|
|16||La Camioneta: The Journey of
One American School Bus
|Foreign, Documentary||+ Queue||83||n/a|
|17||The Past||Foreign, Drama||+ Queue||83||8.4|
|18||56 Up||Documentary||+ Queue||83||9.1|
|19||The Square **||Foreign, Documentary||+ Queue||83||n/a|
|20||Cutie and the Boxer||Foreign, Documentary||+ Queue||82||8.4|
|21||These Birds Walk||Foreign, Documentary||+ Queue||82||n/a|
|22||Viola||Foreign, Drama||+ Queue||82||n/a|
|23||Short Term 12||Drama||+ Queue||82||9.0|
|24||Frances Ha||Comedy, Drama||+ Queue||82||7.7|
|25||A Hijacking||Foreign, Thriller||+ Queue||82||7.3|
Our list of the lowest-scoring limited releases of 2013 is dominated by low-budget horror films. The worst of these (though not quite as bad as Scary Movie V, the wide release that finished with 2013's lowest Metascore) was I Will Follow You Into the Dark, a thrill-less haunted house romance starring Mischa Barton and Ryan Eggold. Right behind it was the Anne Heche-starring Nothing Left to Fear, the first film produced by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. He may want to stick to his day job; his film grossed all of $7,886. (Not million; that's $7,886.00).
|1||I Will Follow You Into the Dark||Horror||12||n/a|
|2||Nothing Left to Fear||Horror||12||n/a|
|4||Girls Against Boys||Thriller||17||2.0|
|5||The Ultimate Life||Drama||19||n/a|
|6||Would You Rather||Horror||20||6.8|
|7||Ghost Team One||Horror, Comedy||21||n/a|
|9||I'm in Love with a Church Girl||Drama||23||n/a|
|10||Argento's Dracula 3D||Horror||23||n/a|
What are your favorites?
What are your picks for the best and worst movies of 2013? Let us know in the comments section below. If you are looking for even more of 2013's best movies, be sure to check out our compilation of film critic top-10 lists as well as our 2013 Film Awards Scorecard.