Best of 2015: Film Critic Top Ten Lists

  • Publish Date: December 6, 2015
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Below, we collect every year-end Top Ten list published by major film critics and publications. This page will be updated throughout December and January whenever new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best movies of 2015

Recent updates:
Added 1/9: AskMen, The Hollywood Reporter (The Race), The Playlist (additional critic), San Francisco Examiner, Slashfilm (additional critic)
Added 1/6: Movie Mezzanine, Movie Nation, Reverse Shot, Slashfilm (additional critics)
Added 1/4: The Buffalo News, Den of Geek [UK], Salon, Slashfilm, Vancouver Sun, Variety/In Contention
Added 1/1: Austin Chronicle, CinemaDope, Cinephiled, Collider, The Film Stage, Fresno Bee, The Hollywood Reporter/Heat Vision, Ioncinema, Lincoln Journal Star, Maclean's, Miami Herald, New Orleans Times-Picayune, New Republic, Parallax View, Paste, Reelviews, Salt Lake Tribune, Sioux City Journal, Total Film, Tulsa World, Vancouver Weekly
Added 12/30: Metacritic, The Playlist, Tampa Bay Times
Added 12/29: Omaha World-Herald, USA Today
Added 12/27: Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, Crave Online, Detroit News, Digital Spy, NOW Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Seattle Times, The Star-Ledger, Toronto Star, Twitch, Wichita Eagle
Added 12/24: Associated Press, BuzzFeed, Movie City News, New York Observer, Newsday, SF Weekly, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Added 12/23: Baltimore City Paper, Chicago Sun-Times, HitFix, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Las Vegas Weekly, Seattle Weekly
Added 12/22: BBC Talking Movies, Consequence of Sound, The Daily Beast, Empire, Film School Rejects, Flavorwire, GamesRadar, Metro UK, Nylon, Paper, We Got This Covered, Wired
Added 12/19: Den of Geek, Keyframe/Fandor, Metro US, Uncut, Variety (additional critics)
Added 12/18: The Atlantic, BBC, CBC, Christian Science Monitor, Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Guardian, Christy Lemire, New York Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, RogerEbert.com, Rolling Stone, Lisa Schwarzbaum, Screen Daily, Variety, Wall Street Journal
Added 12/17: AV Club, Huffington Post, The Oregonian, ScreenCrush, Yahoo!
Added 12/16: Flood, People, San Antonio Current, Village Voice (additional critics)
Added 12/15: CineVue, Details, Village Voice, Vulture (Ebiri), TheWrap
Added 12/14: Indiewire (addtional lists), LA Weekly, The Stranger
Added 12/13: The Observer, Philadelphia Inquirer
Added 12/12: Slant, The Telegraph
Added 12/11: The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The Playlist, Slate, Vogue
Added 12/10: The New York Times, TimeOut New York, TV Guide
Added 12/9: Washington Post
Added 12/8: Arizona Republic, Entertainment Weekly, MTV
Added 12/7: David Ehrlich, Vanity Fair
Added 12/6: Scorecard launched with 16 lists.

Below is our updated running tally of the films most frequently mentioned by individual critics on the year-end Top Ten lists. Note that if a critic ranks more than the standard 10 films, we will not include films ranked 11th or worse. In case of a tie for first or second, each film will receive the full points for that position. Our points system works as follows:

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd - 10th, or for being included on an unranked list
Films Mentioned on Most Critic Top 10 Lists - 2015
Movie and Metascore # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 . Mad Max: Fury Road 582693319
2 . Spotlight 291880203
3 . Carol 241983193
4 . Inside Out 81684140
5 . Brooklyn 12868120
6 . Ex Machina 247084
7 . Anomalisa 593972
. 45 Years 754172
9. Son of Saul863268
10. The Assassin1242367
. Room534667
12 . Tangerine 065163
13 . The Martian 135362
14 . It Follows 414559
15 . Sicario 144758
16 . Phoenix 563057
17. Creed124956
18. The Big Short443555
19 . The Look of Silence 372952
20 . Star Wars: The Force Awakens 124249
. Clouds of Sils Maria 282749
22 . The Revenant 252945
23 . The Diary of a Teenage Girl 303342
24 . Timbuktu 312738
25 . Bridge of Spies 023236
26 . The Hateful Eight 122734
27 . Steve Jobs 013133
. Chi-Raq 501833
29 . Amy 022832
30 . The Duke of Burgundy 321629

Individual critic top ten lists

Below are the 260 individual top ten lists published by the film critics regularly included in Metacritic's score calculations, as well as a few extra lists from additional prominent film sources. Some critics merely list ten films without ranking them in order; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.

Arizona Republic
Bill Goodykoontz View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Ex Machina
  3. Inside Out
  4. Room
  5. It Follows
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Brooklyn
  8. Timbuktu
  9. Carol
  10. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
J. Hoberman View full list
  1. The Assassin
  2. The Guests
  3. No Home Movie
  4. Hard to Be a God
  5. Mexico at Midnight (MOMA screening series)
  6. Cemetery of Splendor
  7. Hamlet in the Rented World (A Fragment)
  8. Phoenix
  9. Continuous Variation
  10. The Walk
James Quandt
  1. Labour in a Single Shot (shorts exhibition)
  2. Visit, or Memories and Confessions
  3. Bleak Street
  4. Singularity
  5. Neon Bull
  6. Ashes
  7. Michaël Borremans retrospective
  8. Lost and Beautiful
  9. Actua I
  10. The Owners of Dixie
Amy Taubin
  1. No Home Movie
  2. The Knick (tv show)
  3. The Assassin
  4. Luminous Intimacy: The Cinema of Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler (retrospective)
  5. Experimenter
  6. Amy
  7. My Golden Days
  8. Don’t Blink: Robert Frank
  9. Carol
  10. Mistress America
John Waters View full list
  1. Helmut Berger, Actor
  2. Cinderella
  3. The Forbidden Room
  4. Tom at the Farm
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. Carol
  7. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  8. Tangerine
  9. Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit
  10. Love
Artforum
AskMen
Olly Richards View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Inside Out
  3. Whiplash
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. Slow West
  6. The Martian
  7. Steve Jobs
  8. Bridge of Spies
  9. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
  10. Tangerines
Associated Press
Lindsey Bahr View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Clouds of Sils Maria
  3. Ex Machina
  4. Tangerine
  5. Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
  6. Brooklyn
  7. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  8. Carol
  9. The Big Short
  10. Spy
Jake Coyle View full list
  1. Carol
  2. About Elly
  3. Phoenix
  4. Spotlight
  5. Chi-Raq
  6. Stray Dog
  7. Anomalisa
  8. Creed
  9. 45 Years
  10. (tie) The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  11. (tie) Testament of Youth
The Atlantic
Christopher Orr View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. The Martian
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. The Big Short
  5. Sicario
  6. Inside Out
  7. The Revenant
  8. Magic Mike XXL
  9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  10. Steve Jobs
Austin Chronicle
Marjorie Baumgarten View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Carol
  3. Son of Saul
  4. Spotlight
  5. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  6. The Big Short
  7. The Martian
  8. Victoria
  9. The Look of Silence
  10. Chi-Raq
Steve Davis View full list
  1. Son of Saul
  2. Spotlight
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Inside Out
  5. Steve Jobs
  6. Brooklyn
  7. Amy
  8. Carol
  9. Listen to Me Marlon
  10. Tangerine
Kimberley Jones View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  3. Inside Out
  4. 45 Years
  5. Sleeping With Other People
  6. Clouds of Sils Maria
  7. Best of Enemies
  8. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  9. Phoenix
  10. James White
Josh Kupecki View full list
  1. The Tribe
  2. Son of Saul
  3. Sicario
  4. Spotlight
  5. Mustang
  6. Room
  7. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  8. Best of Enemies
  9. Phoenix
  10. Slow West
Marc Savlov View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Victoria
  3. Son of Saul
  4. Chi-Raq
  5. Spotlight
  6. Tangerine
  7. The Look of Silence
  8. Youth
  9. The Tribe
  10. Phoenix
Mike D’Angelo View full list
  1. The Duke of Burgundy
  2. Sicario
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. The Forbidden Room
  5. Carol
  6. It Follows
  7. Anomalisa
  8. The Martian
  9. Breathe
  10. Tu Dors Nicole
A.A. Dowd View full list
  1. Phoenix
  2. The Look of Silence
  3. It Follows
  4. 45 Years
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. Approaching the Elephant
  7. The Duke of Burgundy
  8. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  9. Son of Saul
  10. About Elly
Jesse Hassenger View full list
  1. It Follows
  2. Mistress America
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Bridge of Spies
  5. Inside Out
  6. Sleeping With Other People
  7. While We're Young
  8. Ex Machina
  9. Mississippi Grind
  10. Creed
Noel Murray View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Inside Out
  3. Brooklyn
  4. The Duke of Burgundy
  5. Mustang
  6. 45 Years
  7. Phoenix
  8. Carol
  9. Anomalisa
  10. Blind
Adam Nayman View full list
  1. Phoenix
  2. Jauja
  3. The Assassin
  4. The Princess of France
  5. Li’l Quinquin
  6. The Forbidden Room
  7. When Evening Falls On Bucharest Or Metabolism
  8. Horse Money
  9. Amour Fou
  10. Timbuktu
Katie Rife View full list
  1. The Look of Silence
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. The Duke of Burgundy
  4. Room
  5. Tangerine
  6. Sicario
  7. It Follows
  8. Phoenix
  9. Brooklyn
  10. (tie) The End of the Tour
  11. (tie) The Martian
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky View full list
  1. Phoenix
  2. It Follows
  3. Hard to Be a God
  4. The Assassin
  5. Bridge of Spies
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. The Hateful Eight
  8. Crimson Peak
  9. Sicario
  10. Office
A.V. Club
Baltimore City Paper
Staff View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Tangerine
  3. Spotlight
  4. Hard to Be a God
  5. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
  6. Dope
  7. Magic Mike XXL
  8. Straight Outta Compton
  9. Creed
  10. Field Niggas
BBC
Tom Brook (BBC Talking Movies)
  1. Brooklyn
  2. Carol
  3. Love & Mercy
  4. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  5. Amy
  6. Bridge of Spies
  7. Inside Out
  8. Steve Jobs
  9. Son of Saul
  10. Spotlight
Owen Gleiberman (BBC Culture) View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Love & Mercy
  4. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  5. Trainwreck
  6. Inside Out
  7. The End of the Tour
  8. Creed
  9. Clouds of Sils Maria
  10. Amy
Boston Globe
Ty Burr View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. 45 Years
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. The Look of Silence
  5. Carol
  6. Heaven Knows What
  7. The Martian
  8. Tangerine
  9. Creed
  10. (tie) Girlhood
  11. (tie) Mustang
Boston Herald
Stephen Schaefer View full list
  1. Brooklyn
  2. The Revenant
  3. The Big Short
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Room
  6. Straight Outta Compton
  7. What Happened, Miss Simone?
  8. Bridge of Spies
  9. The Hateful Eight
  10. Timbuktu
The Buffalo News
Jeff Simon View full list
  • Amy
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Concussion
  • Ex Machina
  • Inside Out
  • The Martian
  • Room
  • Spotlight
  • Trainwreck
BuzzFeed
Alison Willmore View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Anomalisa
  3. Carol
  4. Phoenix
  5. Creed
  6. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  7. It Follows
  8. Ex Machina
  9. Eden
  10. Spotlight
Cahiers du cinéma
Staff
  1. Mia Madre
  2. Cemetery of Splendor
  3. In the Shadow of Women
  4. The Smell of Us
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. Jauja
  7. Inherent Vice
  8. Arabian Nights
  9. The Summer of Sangaile
  10. Journey to the Shore
CBC
Eli Glasner View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Tangerine
  4. In Her Place
  5. The Big Short
  6. Brooklyn
  7. Ex Machina
  8. Paddington
  9. Timbuktu
  10. The Last 5 Years
Chicago Reader
J.R. Jones View full list
  1. White God
  2. 99 Homes
  3. Spotlight
  4. Maps to the Stars
  5. Queen and Country
  6. Court
  7. Mommy
  8. About Elly
  9. Youth
  10. Results
Ben Sachs View full list
  1. Fish and Cat
  2. Inherent Vice
  3. Eden
  4. Blackhat
  5. Love Battles
  6. Hard to Be a God
  7. Mad Max: Fury Road
  8. Goodbye to Language
  9. The Office
  10. Nasty Baby
Chicago Sun-Times
Richard Roeper View full list
  1. Room
  2. Inside Out
  3. The Revenant
  4. The Big Short
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. The Hateful Eight
  7. Sicario
  8. Spotlight
  9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  10. Straight Outta Compton
Chicago Tribune
Michael Phillips View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Anomalisa
  3. Love & Mercy
  4. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  5. Son of Saul
  6. Carol
  7. Beasts of No Nation
  8. Creed
  9. Heart of a Dog
  10. Tangerine
Christian Science Monitor
Peter Rainer View full list
  1. Brooklyn
  2. Seymour: An Introduction
  3. In Jackson Heights
  4. Room
  5. Listen to Me Marlon
  6. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  7. When Marnie Was There
  8. Ex Machina
  9. The Lady in the Van
  10. Anomalisa
CinemaDope
Glenn Lovell View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Beasts of No Nation
  3. Creed
  4. Brooklyn
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. Trainwreck
  7. Sicario
  8. (tie) Bone Tomahawk
  9. (tie) The Hateful Eight
  10. Ex Machina
  11. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Cinephiled
Danny Miller View full list
  • 45 Years
  • Brooklyn
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Inside Out
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Son of Saul
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
CineVue
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Carol
  2. 45 Years
  3. Son of Saul
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Spotlight
  6. The Club
  7. Sunset Song
  8. The Assassin
  9. Anomalisa
  10. Sicario
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Troy L. Smith View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Spotlight
  3. It Follows
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. The Big Short
  6. Sicario
  7. Creed
  8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  9. Inside Out
  10. Beasts of No Nation
Collider
Chris Cabin View full list
  1. Arabian Nights
  2. In Jackson Heights
  3. Li’l Quinquin
  4. Queen of Earth
  5. Timbuktu
  6. Heaven Knows What
  7. Hard to Be a God
  8. Carol
  9. The Assassin
  10. Results
Adam Chitwood View full list
  1. Sicario
  2. Spotlight
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Carol
  5. Ex Machina
  6. Brooklyn
  7. The Big Short
  8. Steve Jobs
  9. Love & Mercy
  10. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Brian Formo View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Arabian Nights
  4. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  5. Mistress America
  6. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  7. Clouds of Sils Maria
  8. Magic Mike XXL
  9. 45 Years
  10. Creed
Haleigh Foutch View full list
  1. Ex Machina
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  4. Spotlight
  5. Tangerine
  6. The Final Girls
  7. Creed
  8. The Hateful Eight
  9. The Martian
  10. The Big Short
Matt Goldberg View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Anomalisa
  4. Ex Machina
  5. Brooklyn
  6. Inside Out
  7. Son of Saul
  8. Creed
  9. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
  10. Finders Keepers
Perri Nemiroff View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Room
  3. Brooklyn
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. It Follows
  6. Inside Out
  7. Sicario
  8. Spy
  9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
  10. Chappie
Consequence of Sound
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Look of Silence
  3. Inside Out
  4. Sicario
  5. The Revenant
  6. Call Me Lucky
  7. Tangerine
  8. It Follows
  9. Entertainment
  10. Creed
Crave Online
William Bibbiani View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Look of Silence
  3. The Boy and the Beast
  4. Blind
  5. The End of the Tour
  6. Anomalisa
  7. The Voices
  8. The Duke of Burgundy
  9. The Walk
  10. Spotlight
The Daily Beast
Marlow Stern View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Inside Out
  3. Carol
  4. The Hateful Eight
  5. Timbuktu
  6. Phoenix
  7. Ex Machina
  8. Amy
  9. Love & Mercy
  10. The Revenant
Details
Calum Marsh View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Mistress America
  3. Hard to Be a God
  4. Carol
  5. The Forbidden Room
  6. Arabian Nights
  7. Jauja
  8. Queen of Earth
  9. Listen to Me Marlon
  10. Unfriended
Detroit News
Tom Long View full list
  1. Brooklyn
  2. Youth
  3. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  4. James White
  5. Inside Out
  6. Spotlight
  7. Mistress America
  8. Mommy
  9. Room
  10. Tangerine
Den of Geek [UK]
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Inside Out
  3. Ex Machina
  4. Sicario
  5. The Martian
  6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  7. Whiplash
  8. Chappie
  9. The Gift
  10. It Follows
Den of Geek [USA]
David Crow View full list
  1. Room
  2. Brooklyn
  3. Steve Jobs
  4. Spotlight
  5. Inside Out
  6. Ex Machina
  7. The Revenant
  8. Mad Max: Fury Road
  9. The Hateful Eight
  10. Clouds of Sils Maria
Don Kaye View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. 99 Homes
  4. Creed
  5. Ex Machina
  6. Love & Mercy
  7. Inside Out
  8. Steve Jobs
  9. Amy
  10. Room
Digital Spy
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Inside Out
  2. Whiplash
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. The Martian
  6. Amy
  7. It Follows
  8. Brooklyn
  9. Steve Jobs
  10. Ex Machina
Empire
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Whiplash
  3. Inside Out
  4. Ex Machina
  5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  6. Sicario
  7. Steve Jobs
  8. The Martian
  9. It Follows
  10. Carol
Entertainment Weekly
Chris Nashawaty View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Sicario
  3. Room
  4. The Look of Silence
  5. Inside Out
  6. Creed
  7. Son of Saul
  8. Carol
  9. The Big Short
  10. It Follows
Film School Rejects
Rob Hunter View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Youth
  3. Sicario
  4. Blind
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. The Martian
  7. About Elly
  8. The Look of Silence
  9. Steve Jobs
  10. Wildlike
The Film Stage
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Carol
  3. Spotlight
  4. Phoenix
  5. Ex Machina
  6. Son of Saul
  7. Hard to Be a God
  8. Clouds of Sils Maria
  9. Chi-Raq
  10. Sicario
Flavorwire
Jason Bailey View full list
  1. Brooklyn
  2. Spotlight
  3. Carol
  4. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. Anomalisa
  7. Steve Jobs
  8. Girlhood
  9. Room
  10. Ex Machina
Flood
Staff consensus View full list
  • Brooklyn
  • The End of the Tour
  • Ex Machina
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Inside Out
  • It Follows
  • Macbeth
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Spotlight
Fort Worth Star Telegram‎
Cary Darling View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Ex Machina
  3. Sicario
  4. The Revenant
  5. Love & Mercy
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. About Elly
  8. Carol
  9. Straight Outta Compton
  10. The Big Short
Fresno Bee
Rick Bentley View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. He Named Me Malala
  3. Inside Out
  4. Carol
  5. Sicario
  6. Brooklyn
  7. Youth
  8. Room
  9. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
GamesRadar
Ian Sandwell View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Inside Out
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  4. Sicario
  5. Ex Machina
  6. The Revenant
  7. Carol
  8. Creed
  9. It Follows
  10. The Martian
The Guardian
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Son of Saul
  2. 45 Years
  3. The Revenant
  4. Anomalisa
  5. Bridge of Spies
  6. The Look of Silence
  7. Carol
  8. Amy
  9. Joy
  10. Mistress America
Peter Bradshaw View full list
  • 45 Years
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • The Falling
  • Hard to Be a God
  • Inherent Vice
  • Inside Out
  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  • Spectre
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
HitFix
Drew McWeeny (Motion Captured) View full list
  1. Anomalisa
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Room
  4. Creed
  5. Call Me Lucky
  6. Ex Machina
  7. Brooklyn
  8. The Hateful Eight
  9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  10. Beasts of No Nation
The Hollywood Reporter
Todd McCarthy View full list
  1. The Tribe
  2. Brooklyn
  3. Son of Saul
  4. The Revenant
  5. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  6. Anomalisa
  7. Mad Max: Fury Road
  8. Seymour: An Introduction
  9. 45 Years
  10. Carol
The Hollywood Reporter/Heat Vision
Borys Kit View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Inside Out
  3. Ex Machina
  4. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
  5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  6. It Follows
  7. Bone Tomahawk
  8. Ant-Man
  9. What We Do in the Shadows
  10. (tie) The Martian
  11. (tie) Paddington
The Hollywood Reporter/The Race
Scott Feinberg View full list
  1. Brooklyn
  2. The Hateful Eight
  3. Spotlight
  4. Mustang
  5. 45 Years
  6. Room
  7. 99 Homes
  8. Far From the Madding Crowd
  9. Straight Outta Compton
  10. Love & Mercy
Huffington Post
Matthew Jacobs View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Brooklyn
  4. Inside Out
  5. The Big Short
  6. Room
  7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  8. Tangerine
  9. Ex Machina
  10. The Martian
Indiewire
Kate Erbland View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Brooklyn
  3. Carol
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Anomalisa
  6. Ex Machina
  7. Creed
  8. The Revenant
  9. Mistress America
  10. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Dana Harris View full list
  • Anomalisa
  • The Club
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • Inside Out
  • Iris
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Tangerine
Eric Kohn View full list
  1. Son of Saul
  2. Tangerine
  3. Heaven Knows What
  4. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  5. Buzzard
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Anomalisa
  8. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  9. Heart of a Dog
  10. Carol
Liz Shannon Miller View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Room
  3. Creed
  4. Spotlight
  5. The Martian
  6. Magic Mike XXL
  7. Brooklyn
  8. The Walk
  9. Welcome to Me
  10. Trainwreck
Ben Travers View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Brooklyn
  3. Anomalisa
  4. Creed
  5. Sicario
  6. Steve Jobs
  7. Ex Machina
  8. Inside Out
  9. Spotlight
  10. The Voices
Ioncinema
Nicholas Bell View full list
  1. Hard to Be a God
  2. Tangerine
  3. The Duke of Burgundy
  4. The Forbidden Room
  5. Alleluia
  6. Clouds of Sils Maria
  7. Mad Max: Fury Road
  8. Phoenix
  9. The Revenant
  10. 45 Years
  11. Welcome to New York
The Irish Times
Donald Clarke View full list
  • 45 Years
  • Catch Me Daddy
  • The Duke of Burgundy
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Inside Out
  • It Follows
  • Mommy
  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  • Tangerine
  • The Tribe
Keyframe (Fandor)
David Hudson View full list
  1. The Assassin
  2. Carol
  3. Inherent Vice
  4. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  5. Cemetery Of Splendour
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. The Look of Silence
  8. 45 Years
  9. Victoria
  10. The Forbidden Room
Kevin B. Lee View full list
  1. Horse Money
  2. The Assassin
  3. Hard to Be a God
  4. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  5. The Look of Silence
  6. The Pearl Button
  7. Timbuktu
  8. Chi-Raq
  9. Stinking Heaven
  10. Field Niggas
LA Weekly
Amy Nicholson View full list
  1. Chi-Raq
  2. Anomalisa
  3. The Hateful Eight
  4. American Ultra
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. Room
  7. Victoria
  8. Spy
  9. The Second Mother
  10. Tangerine
Las Vegas Weekly
Josh Bell View full list
  1. Mistress America
  2. Far From the Madding Crowd
  3. Carol
  4. While We're Young
  5. It Follows
  6. Unfriended
  7. Ex Machina
  8. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  9. Mustang
  10. Spotlight
Lincoln Journal Star
L. Kent Wolgamott View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Love & Mercy
  4. Inside Out
  5. The End of the Tour
  6. Heart of a Dog
  7. Steve Jobs
  8. Ex Machina
  9. Straight Outta Compton
  10. Tangerine
Little White Lies
Staff View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Sunset Song
  3. The Look of Silence
  4. Taxi Tehran
  5. Timbuktu
  6. Selma
  7. Eden
  8. Mad Max: Fury Road
  9. Horse Money
  10. The Voices
Los Angeles Times
Mark Olsen View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Carol
  3. Tangerine
  4. Ex Machina
  5. The Assassin
  6. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  7. Creed
  8. While We're Young
  9. Chi-Raq
  10. Results
Kenneth Turan View full list
  1. Brooklyn
  • Remaining films listed alphabetically:
  • Amy
  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • 45 Years
  • Inside Out
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Room
  • Son of Saul
  • Spotlight
  • Steve Jobs
  • Testament of Youth
Maclean's
Brian D. Johnson View full list
  1. The Look of Silence
  2. The Big Short
  3. Meru
  4. Timbuktu
  5. Sicario
  6. Son of Saul
  7. Salt of the Earth
  8. Rams
  9. Spotlight
  10. Bridge of Spies
Metacritic
Marc Doyle (Editor-in-Chief)
  1. It Follows
  2. Amy
  3. Spotlight
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Room
  6. The Big Short
  7. Sicario
  8. The Gift
  9. Grandma
  10. Brooklyn
Metro UK
Rebecca Lewis View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Whiplash
  3. Ex Machina
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. Brooklyn
  6. The Martian
  7. Inside Out
  8. Carol
  9. Suffragette
  10. Macbeth
Metro US
Matt Prigge View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Mend
  3. World of Tomorrow
  4. Magic Mike XXL
  5. Saint Laurent
  6. Eden
  7. Experimenter
  8. Heaven Knows What
  9. Carol
  10. The Look of Silence
Miami Herald
Connie Ogle View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Brooklyn
  4. Spotlight
  5. Girlhood
  6. The Hateful Eight
  7. Mistress America
  8. Room
  9. Clouds of Sils Maria
  10. Love & Mercy
Rene Rodriguez View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Spotlight
  4. The Revenant
  5. Sicario
  6. Crimson Peak
  7. Creed
  8. White God
  9. The Hateful Eight
  10. The Duke of Burgundy
Misc./Other
David Ehrlich Watch video countdown
  1. Carol
  2. World of Tomorrow
  3. Phoenix
  4. The Look of Silence
  5. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  6. The Duke of Burgundy
  7. Eden
  8. Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
  9. Mistress America
  10. Mad Max: Fury Road
Christy Lemire View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Spotlight
  3. Ex Machina
  4. Room
  5. Carol
  6. 45 Years
  7. Inside Out
  8. Goodnight Mommy
  9. Tangerine
  10. The Martian
Lisa Schwarzbaum View full list
  1. Inside Out
  2. Spotlight
  3. Carol
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. 45 Years
  6. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  7. Spy
  8. 99 Homes
  9. Timbuktu
  10. Son of Saul
Movie City News
Ray Pride View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Anomalisa
  3. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  4. It Follows
  5. The Mend
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Phoenix
  8. Ex Machina
  9. Hard to Be a God
  10. Heaven Knows What
Movie Mezzanine
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Tangerine
  3. Carol
  4. Mistress America
  5. 45 Years
  6. Magic Mike XXL
  7. The Look of Silence
  8. Brooklyn
  9. Timbuktu
  10. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
Movie Nation
Roger Moore View full list
  1. Suffragette
  2. Spotlight
  3. The Revenant
  4. 99 Homes
  5. Amy
  6. Ex Machina
  7. Tangerine
  8. The Big Short
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road
  10. Best of Enemies
MTV
MTV News staff View full list
  1. Furious 7
  2. Straight Outta Compton
  3. Dope
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Creed
  6. Inside Out
  7. Amy
  8. Tangerine
  9. Jurassic World
  10. Sicario
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Mike Scott View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Room
  3. Carol
  4. Inside Out
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. The Revenant
  7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  8. Brooklyn
  9. The Martian
  10. Black Mass
New Republic
Will Leitch View full list
  1. Timbuktu
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Anomalisa
  4. Results
  5. The Martian
  6. Carol
  7. The Tribe
  8. Ex Machina
  9. Brooklyn
  10. The Nightmare
New York Observer
Rex Reed View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Carol
  3. Brooklyn
  4. Room
  5. The Danish Girl
  6. Labyrinth of Lies
  7. Truth
  8. I'll See You in My Dreams
  9. 45 Years
  10. Bridge of Spies
New York Post
Lou Lumenick View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. (tie) Anomalisa
  3. (tie) Inside Out
  4. (tie) Creed
  5. (tie) Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. Bridge of Spies
  7. Room
  8. (tie) Love & Mercy
  9. (tie) Straight Outta Compton
  10. (tie) 45 Years
  11. (tie) Grandma
  12. (tie) Youth
  13. The Martian
  14. Trumbo
  15. (tie) Carol
  16. (tie) The Danish Girl
Kyle Smith View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The End of the Tour
  3. Sunshine Superman
  4. Sicario
  5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  6. Love & Mercy
  7. Anomalisa
  8. Youth
  9. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  10. Spotlight
Sara Stewart View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Spotlight
  3. Straight Outta Compton
  4. (tie) Spy
  5. (tie) Trainwreck
  6. Tangerine
  7. The Danish Girl
  8. Ex Machina
  9. Love & Mercy
  10. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  11. It Follows
The New York Times
Manohla Dargis View full list
  1. (tie) The Assassin AND Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Luminous Intimacy: The Cinema of Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler (retrospective)
  3. Bridge of Spies
  4. Carol
  5. In Jackson Heights
  6. The Martian
  7. The Kindergarten Teacher
  8. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  9. The Big Short
  10. Sixty Six
Stephen Holden View full list
  1. Carol
  2. The Big Short
  3. Spotlight
  4. The Fool
  5. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  6. The Look of Silence
  7. Truth
  8. 45 Years
  9. Tangerine
  10. Brooklyn
A.O. Scott View full list
  1. Timbuktu
  2. Inside Out
  3. (tie) The Big Short
  4. (tie) Spotlight
  5. Heart of a Dog
  6. (tie) Anomalisa
  7. (tie) Carol
  8. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  9. Out 1: Noli Me Tangere
  10. Mad Max: Fury Road
  11. Creed
  12. (tie) Results
  13. (tie) Welcome to Me
The New Yorker
Richard Brody View full list
  1. Chi-Raq
  2. Li’l Quinquin
  3. Queen of Earth
  4. Heaven Knows What
  5. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  6. Timbuktu
  7. In Jackson Heights
  8. Mistress America
  9. Stinking Heaven
  10. Arabian Nights
Newsday
Rafer Guzman View full list
  1. Inside Out
  2. Clouds of Sils Maria
  3. The Revenant
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Amy
  6. In the Heart of the Sea
  7. The Stanford Prison Experiment
  8. Anomalisa
  9. When Marnie Was There
  10. The Tribe
NOW Magazine [Toronto]
Susan G. Cole View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Phoenix
  3. Youth
  4. Mustang
  5. Girlhood
Glenn Sumi View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. Carol
  4. Two Days, One Night
  5. Shaun the Sheep Movie
Norman Wilner View full list
  1. The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby
  2. The Look of Silence
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. The Mend
  5. Amy
  6. Timbuktu
  7. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  8. The Assassin
  9. The Big Short
  10. Paddington
Nylon
Ben Barna View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Ex Machina
  4. Inside Out
  5. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  6. The Martian
  7. Tangerine
  8. Dope
  9. It Follows
  10. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
The Observer
Mark Kermode View full list
  1. Inside Out
  2. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  3. Girlhood
  4. Carol
  5. The Falling
  6. Song of the Sea
  7. Brooklyn
  8. Sunset Song
  9. The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson
  10. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Omaha World-Herald
Micah Mertes View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Sicario
  3. The Hateful Eight
  4. The Look of Silence
  5. Creed
  6. Inside Out
  7. Phoenix
  8. It Follows
  9. Tangerine
  10. Bridge of Spies
The Oregonian
Jeff Baker View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Carol
  3. Spotlight
  4. The Revenant
  5. Mr. Turner
  6. The Big Short
  7. Brooklyn
  8. Room
  9. Inside Out
  10. The End of the Tour
Paper
Dennis Dermody View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Wild Tales
  3. Anomalisa
  4. It Follows
  5. Clouds of Sils Maria
  6. Tangerine
  7. Saint Laurent
  8. Goodnight Mommy
  9. The Wolfpack
  10. The Forbidden Room
Parallax View
Sean Axmaker View full list
  1. Clouds of Sils Maria
  2. Carol
  3. Phoenix
  4. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. Spotlight
  7. 45 Years
  8. Mustang
  9. Jauja
  10. Ex Machina
David Coursen View full list
  • About Elly
  • Chi-Raq
  • Leviathan
  • Love & Mercy
  • Sicario
  • Spotlight
  • Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  • Timbuktu
  • The Tribe
  • Winter Sleep
John Hartl View full list
  1. 45 Years
  2. Spotlight
  3. Brooklyn
  4. Sicario
  5. Trumbo
  6. Carol
  7. Ex Machina
  8. Bridge of Spies
  9. Inside Out
  10. 99 Homes
Richard T. Jameson View full list
  1. It Follows
  2. Clouds of Sils Maria
  3. Spotlight
  4. Bridge of Spies
  5. Room
  6. The Assassin
  7. 45 Years
  8. Son of Saul
  9. Jauja
  10. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Jay Kuehner View full list
  1. The Assassin
  2. Carol
  3. Horse Money
  4. Jauja
  5. The Kindergarten Teacher
  6. Heaven Knows What
  7. The Wonders
  8. Arabian Nights
  9. Phoenix
Kathleen Murphy View full list
  • 45 Years
  • Bone Tomahawk
  • Brooklyn
  • Clouds of Sils Maria
  • It Follows
  • Jauja
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Phoenix
  • Room
  • Son of Saul
Bruce Reid View full list
  1. Experimenter
  2. Taxi
  3. It Follows
  4. The Hateful Eight
  5. Welcome to New York
  6. Blackhat
  7. Clouds of Sils Maria
  8. Timbuktu
  9. Queen and Country
  10. Maps to the Stars
Andrew Wright View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Blackhat
  3. Carol
  4. The Hateful Eight
  5. It Follows
  6. Bridge of Spies
  7. Tangerine
  8. Bone Tomahawk
  9. Creed
  10. Sicario
Paste
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Chi-Raq
  2. Cartel Land
  3. The Tribe
  4. White God
  5. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  6. The End of the Tour
  7. Anomalisa
  8. Time Out of Mind
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road
  10. Mistress America
People
Alynda Wheat View full list
  1. The Big Short
  2. Spotlight
  3. The Revenant
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Room
  6. The Martian
  7. Carol
  8. Creed
  9. Sicario
  10. Brooklyn
Philadelphia Inquirer
Steven Rea View full list
  • Anomalisa
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Clouds of Sils Maria
  • Creed
  • Ex Machina
  • Inside Out
  • The Martian
  • Room
  • Spotlight
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Barbara Vancheri View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. The Martian
  3. Room
  4. Inside Out
  5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  6. Brooklyn
  7. Black Mass
  8. Bridge of Spies
  9. The Revenant
  10. The Big Short
The Playlist
Nikola Grozdanovic View full list
  1. The Assassin
  2. The Duke of Burgundy
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. 45 Years
  5. Hard to Be a God
  6. The Forbidden Room
  7. Carol
  8. Jauja
  9. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  10. Arabian Nights
Jessica Kiang View full list
  1. 45 Years
  2. The Lobster
  3. The Club
  4. Carol
  5. Eden
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Anomalisa
  8. Queen of Earth
  9. Spotlight
  10. Listen to Me Marlon
Oktay Ege Kozak View full list
  1. Room
  2. Spotlight
  3. The Walk
  4. The Good Dinosaur
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. The Big Short
  7. Inside Out
  8. Creed
  9. The Duke of Burgundy
  10. Tangerine
Nicholas Laskin View full list
  1. The Lobster
  2. Carol
  3. Spotlight
  4. Room
  5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  6. Mistress America
  7. Sicario
  8. Queen of Earth
  9. Inside Out
  10. Mad Max: Fury Road
Oliver Lyttelton View full list
  1. The Lobster
  2. 45 Years
  3. Carol
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Inside Out
  6. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  7. Phoenix
  8. Cemetery Of Splendour
  9. The Duke of Burgundy
  10. Ex Machina
Erik McClanahan View full list
  1. The Revenant
  2. World of Tomorrow
  3. Sicario
  4. Inside Out
  5. Ex Machina
  6. The Duke of Burgundy
  7. Tangerine
  8. James White
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road
  10. The Tribe
Kimber Myers View full list
  1. Brooklyn
  2. Mustang
  3. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  4. 45 Years
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. Wild Tales
  7. It Follows
  8. Far From the Madding Crowd
  9. Ex Machina
  10. The End of the Tour
Rodrigo Perez View full list
  1. 45 Years
  2. Brooklyn
  3. Sicario
  4. Spotlight
  5. Carol
  6. Li’l Quinquin
  7. Steve Jobs
  8. Mustang
  9. Mistress America
  10. Anomalisa
Katie Walsh View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Mustang
  3. Son of Saul
  4. Room
  5. Breathe
  6. Spotlight
  7. Macbeth
  8. Mistress America
  9. Cartel Land
  10. Carol
Reelviews
James Berardinelli View full list
  1. The Hateful Eight
  2. The Martian
  3. Spotlight
  4. Carol
  5. The Big Short
  6. Sicario
  7. Inside Out
  8. The Revenant
  9. Creed
  10. Mad Max: Fury Road
Reverse Shot
Staff consensus View full list
  1. In Jackson Heights
  2. Carol
  3. The Assassin
  4. Clouds of Sils Maria
  5. Timbuktu
  6. Hard to Be a God
  7. Arabian Nights
  8. The Look of Silence
  9. Eastern Boys
  10. Horse Money
RogerEbert.com
Nick Allen View full list
  1. The Big Short
  2. Entertainment
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Anomalisa
  5. Son of Saul
  6. James White
  7. Amy
  8. Carol
  9. Beasts of No Nation
  10. Call Me Lucky
Steven Boone View full list
  1. Timbuktu
  2. Horse Money
  3. What Happened, Miss Simone?
  4. Sicario
  5. About Elly
  6. The Grief of Others
  7. The Duke of Burgundy
  8. Tangerine
  9. Listen to Me Marlon
  10. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
Danny Bowes View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Magic Mike XXL
  3. The Forbidden Room
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Timbuktu
  6. The Russian Woodpecker
  7. Creed
  8. Blackhat
  9. Tangerine
  10. Straight Outta Compton
Monica Castillo View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Tangerine
  3. Creed
  4. Carol
  5. Brooklyn
  6. The Mend
  7. Girlhood
  8. Magic Mike XXL
  9. The Duke of Burgundy
  10. Eden
Godfrey Cheshire View full list
  1. The End of the Tour
  2. Love & Mercy
  3. Where to Invade Next
  4. Bridge of Spies
  5. Truth
  6. 99 Homes
  7. Güeros
  8. Tangerine
  9. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
Seongyong Cho View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Phoenix
  3. The Martian
  4. Timbuktu
  5. Ex Machina
  6. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  7. Bridge of Spies
  8. 99 Homes
  9. Wild Tales
  10. It Follows
Brian Doan View full list
  1. Love & Mercy
  2. Ex Machina
  3. Inside Out
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Tangerine
  6. Phoenix
  7. Bridge of Spies
  8. The Mend
  9. Girlhood
  10. (tie) Blackhat
  11. (tie) Dope
Mark Dujsik View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Inside Out
  3. Brooklyn
  4. Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine
  5. The Look of Silence
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Mustang
  8. It Follows
  9. About Elly
  10. Bridge of Spies
Steven Erickson View full list
  1. The Assassin
  2. Jauja
  3. Tangerine
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. It Follows
  6. About Elly
  7. The Iron Ministry
  8. The Wonders
  9. Chi-Raq
  10. In Jackson Heights
Matt Fagerholm View full list
  1. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  2. Inside Out
  3. Anomalisa
  4. Almost There
  5. Keeper
  6. Son of Saul
  7. James White
  8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  9. Youth
  10. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Noah Gittell View full list
  1. Brooklyn
  2. The Look of Silence
  3. Magic Mike XXL
  4. 45 Years
  5. Spotlight
  6. Slow West
  7. Mommy
  8. Carol
  9. Clouds of Sils Maria
  10. Mistress America
Tina Hassannia View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Tangerine
  3. Mistress America
  4. Brooklyn
  5. Arabian Nights
  6. Clouds of Sils Maria
  7. Timbuktu
  8. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  9. Buzzard
  10. Listen to Me Marlon
Odie Henderson View full list
  1. Creed
  2. Brooklyn
  3. Inside Out
  4. Straight Outta Compton
  5. Call Me Lucky
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Tangerine
  8. Spotlight
  9. Chi-Raq
  10. The Walk
Ben Kenigsberg View full list
  1. Phoenix
  2. Buzzard
  3. Carol
  4. Heaven Knows What
  5. Approaching the Elephant
  6. In Jackson Heights
  7. The Assassin
  8. The Hateful Eight
  9. We Come As Friends
  10. Tangerine
Glenn Kenny View full list
  1. Hard to Be a God
  2. Anomalisa
  3. Girlhood
  4. Horse Money
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. Heart of a Dog
  7. Heaven Knows What
  8. Brooklyn
  9. The Hateful Eight
  10. Shaun the Sheep Movie
Craig D. Lindsey View full list
  • Anomalisa
  • Carol
  • Chi-Raq
  • Clouds of Sils Maria
  • Creed
  • Dope
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Magic Mike XXL
  • The Martian
  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Patrick McGavin View full list
  1. The Assassin
  2. Clouds of Sils Maria
  3. Horse Money
  4. Carol
  5. Jauja
  6. Experimenter
  7. Brooklyn
  8. Arabian Nights
  9. Phoenix
  10. Queen of Earth
Nell Minow View full list
  1. (tie)The Big Short
  2. (tie) Chi-Raq
  • all others listed alphabetically:
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Ex Machina
  • Inside Out
  • The Look of Silence
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Jana Monji View full list
  • The Assassin
  • Beasts of No Nation
  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Concussion
  • Creed
  • Inside Out
  • He Named Me Malala
  • Mr. Holmes
  • Racing Extinction
  • Spotlight
Sheila O'Malley View full list
  1. About Elly
  2. Clouds of Sils Maria
  3. Girlhood
  4. Magic Mike XXL
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. Phoenix
  7. Creed
  8. By the Sea
  9. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  10. Brooklyn
Michal Oleszczyk View full list
  1. It Follows
  2. Inside Out
  3. Eastern Boys
  4. The Wonders
  5. Creed
  6. Something, Anything
  7. Brooklyn
  8. Mad Max: Fury Road
  9. Jauja
  10. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Matt Zoller Seitz View full list
  1. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  2. In Jackson Heights
  3. Listen to Me Marlon
  4. Chi-Raq
  5. The Look of Silence
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Horse Money
  8. Creed
  9. Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation
  10. Ex Machina
Peter Sobczynski View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Hateful Eight
  3. Bridge of Spies
  4. Anomalisa
  5. Spotlight
  6. Inside Out
  7. It Follows
  8. The New Girlfriend
  9. The Ocean of Helena Lee
  10. Ex Machina
Collin Souter View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Inside Out
  3. Spotlight
  4. Cartel Land
  5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  6. The End of the Tour
  7. The World of Tomorrow
  8. Brooklyn
  9. Slow West
  10. Goodnight Mommy
Bill Stamets View full list
  • The Big Short
  • Cartel Land
  • Embrace of the Serpent
  • Ex Machina
  • In the Crosswind
  • In the Underground
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Sicario
  • Where to Invade Next
  • Youth
Scout Tafoya View full list
  1. Chi-Raq
  2. Carol
  3. The Assassin
  4. The Grief of Others
  5. 45 Years
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Blackhat
  8. Crimson Peak
  9. Experimenter
  10. Mississippi Grind
Brian Tallerico View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Carol
  3. Phoenix
  4. Son of Saul
  5. Inside Out
  6. 45 Years
  7. Brooklyn
  8. James White
  9. The Hateful Eight
  10. Chi-Raq
Rebecca Theodore-Vachon View full list
  • Advantageous
  • Carol
  • Creed
  • Crimson Peak
  • Dope
  • Inside Out
  • Macbeth
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Unfriended
Katherine Tulich View full list
  • 99 Homes
  • Amy
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Ex Machina
  • Love & Mercy
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Steve Jobs
  3. Carol
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Brooklyn
  6. Straight Outta Compton
  7. Tangerine
  8. The Martian
  9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  10. Anomalisa
  11. Inside Out
Salon
Andrew O'Hehir View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Son of Saul
  3. Timbuktu
  4. Phoenix
  5. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
  6. Tangerine
  7. In Jackson Heights
  8. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  9. Mommy
  10. Welcome to Me
  11. About Elly
Salt Lake Tribune
Sean P. Means View full list
  1. Room
  2. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Spotlight
  5. Inside Out
  6. The Tribe
  7. The Martian
  8. The Hunting Ground
  9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  10. Steve Jobs
San Antonio Current
Kiko Martinez View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. The Look of Silence
  3. Steve Jobs
  4. Room
  5. Sicario
  6. Ex Machina
  7. Amy
  8. The Second Mother
  9. The Revenant
  10. Grandma
San Francisco Chronicle
Mick LaSalle View full list
  1. Brooklyn
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. Carol
  4. The Big Short
  5. Spotlight
  6. Southpaw
  7. 3 Hearts
  8. Love & Mercy
  9. 45 Years
  10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
San Francisco Examiner
Jeffrey M. Anderson View full list
  1. Inside Out
  2. The Assassin
  3. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  4. The End of the Tour
  5. Maps to the Stars
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. The Royal Road
  8. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  9. Sicario
  10. Creed
Anita Katz View full list
  1. Carol
  2. About Elly
  3. Son of Saul
  4. 45 Years
  5. Timbuktu
  6. Clouds of Sils Maria
  7. Spotlight
  8. The Look of Silence
  9. Best of Enemies
  10. Mustang
San Jose Mercury News
Randy Myers View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Spotlight
  3. Mommy
  4. Room
  5. Love & Mercy
  6. Ex Machina
  7. The Big Short
  8. Tangerine
  9. Straight Outta Compton
  10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
ScreenCrush
Matt Singer View full list
  1. Inside Out
  2. Anomalisa
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. The Duke of Burgundy
  5. The Look of Silence
  6. Bridge of Spies
  7. The Walk
  8. The Hateful Eight
  9. Tangerine
  10. Ex Machina
Erin Whitney View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Beasts of No Nation
  4. Inside Out
  5. Brooklyn
  6. Anomalisa
  7. Victoria
  8. It Follows
  9. Clouds of Sils Maria
  10. 45 Years
Screen Daily
Dan Fainaru View full list
  1. Journey to the Shore
  2. My Golden Years
  3. Our Little Sister
  4. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  5. The Assassin
Charles Gant View full list
  1. Brooklyn
  2. The Revenant
  3. Room
  4. Tangerine
  5. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Tim Grierson View full list
  1. Anomalisa
  2. Experimenter
  3. The Lobster
  4. Cemetery Of Splendour
  5. The End of the Tour
Fionnuala Halligan View full list
  1. 45 Years
  2. Son of Saul
  3. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  4. Tangerine
  5. The Big Short
Allan Hunter View full list
  1. Son of Saul
  2. The Assassin
  3. 45 Years
  4. Slow West
  5. Mountains May Depart
Wendy Ide View full list
  1. Anomalisa
  2. Spotlight
  3. Mustang
  4. Carol
  5. Inside Out
James Marsh View full list
  1. The Assassin
  2. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  3. 100 Yen Love
  4. Veteran
  5. Port of Call
Lee Marshall View full list
  1. The Assassin
  2. Carol
  3. Anomalisa
  4. Arabian Nights
  5. Inside Out
Lisa Nesselson View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Phoenix
  3. Mr. Holmes
  4. Bridge of Spies
  5. Marguerite
Jonathan Romney View full list
  1. Son of Saul
  2. The Forbidden Room
  3. Inside Out
  4. Arabian Nights
  5. Anomalisa
Seattle Times
Soren Andersen View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Spotlight
  3. The Revenant
  4. Ex Machina
  5. Chi-Raq
  6. Steve Jobs
  7. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  8. Goodnight Mommy
  9. The Martian
  10. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Moira Macdonald View full list
  • 45 Years
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • Grandma
  • Inside Out
  • Room
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • Spotlight
  • (various reissues)
Seattle Weekly
Robert Horton View full list
  1. 45 Years
  2. Son of Saul
  3. Bridge of Spies
  4. Experimenter
  5. It Follows
  6. Clouds of Sils Maria
  7. Ex Machina
  8. The Assassin
  9. Spotlight
  10. The Duke of Burgundy
SF Weekly
Sherilyn Connelly View full list
  1. Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
  2. Inside Out
  3. When Marnie Was There
  4. Clouds of Sils Maria
  5. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  6. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?
  7. Jauja
  8. East Side Sushi
  9. Heart of a Dog
  10. Maps to the Stars
Sioux City Journal
Bruce R. Miller View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Inside Out
  3. The Martian
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. Steve Jobs
  6. The Big Short
  7. Room
  8. Straight Outta Compton
  9. Beasts of No Nation
  10. Creed
Slant
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. In Jackson Heights
  3. Timbuktu
  4. Horse Money
  5. Magic Mike XXL
  6. Hard to Be a God
  7. Heart of a Dog
  8. Blackhat
  9. The Assassin
  10. Chi-Raq
Slashfilm
Ethan Anderton View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  4. The Big Short
  5. Inside Out
  6. Steve Jobs
  7. What We Do in the Shadows
  8. Brooklyn
  9. Creed
  10. Sleeping With Other People
Jeff Cannata View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Revenant
  3. Inside Out
  4. Sicario
  5. Victoria
  6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  7. While We're Young
  8. The Martian
  9. It Follows
  10. The Hateful Eight
David Chen View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Revenant
  3. Inside Out
  4. Victoria
  5. Room
  6. Sicario
  7. Spotlight
  8. Wild Tales
  9. Ex Machina
  10. Amy
Jack Giroux View full list
  1. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Sicario
  4. The Hateful Eight
  5. Ex Machina
  6. Steve Jobs
  7. Bridge of Spies
  8. Mistress America
  9. Slow West
  10. The Big Short
Jacob Hall View full list
  1. Anomalisa
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. The Look of Silence
  4. What We Do in the Shadows
  5. The Hateful Eight
  6. It Follows
  7. Carol
  8. Ex Machina
  9. Inside Out
  10. Son of Saul
Angie Han View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Brooklyn
  3. Spotlight
  4. What We Do in the Shadows
  5. Ex Machina
  6. Slow West
  7. Anomalisa
  8. Crimson Peak
  9. The Martian
  10. Cinderella
Devindra Hardawar View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Spotlight
  3. Inside Out
  4. Ex Machina
  5. A Most Violent Year
  6. Sicario
  7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  8. Room
  9. The Martian
  10. Bridge of Spies
Slate
Dana Stevens View full list
  • 45 Years
  • Amy
  • Carol
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • Inside Out
  • The Look of Silence
  • The Second Mother
  • Spotlight
  • Spy
  • Tangerine
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Calvin Wilson View full list
  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Inside Out
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Straight Outta Compton
The Star-Ledger/NJ.com
Stephen Whitty View full list
  • Anomalisa
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • 45 Years
  • Inside Out
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mr. Holmes
  • Room
  • Son of Saul
  • Spotlight
The Stranger
Charles Mudede View full list
  1. White God
  2. Two Days, One Night
  3. 99 Homes
  4. Amour Fou
  5. Court
  6. Advantageous
  7. The Martian
  8. Clouds of Sils Maria
  9. Ex Machina
  10. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
Tampa Bay Times
Steve Persall View full list
  1. The Revenant
  2. Spotlight
  3. Inside Out
  4. Sicario
  5. Anomalisa
  6. Room
  7. 99 Homes
  8. Amy
  9. Love & Mercy
  10. Ex Machina
The Telegraph
Robbie Collin View full list
  1. Hard to Be a God
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Inherent Vice
  4. Inside Out
  5. Carol
  6. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  7. Macbeth
  8. Magic Mike XXL
  9. Song of the Sea
  10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Thompson on Hollywood
Matt Brennan View full list
  1. The Duke of Burgundy
  2. Phoenix
  3. Carol
  4. Clouds of Sils Maria
  5. Brooklyn
  6. 45 Years
  7. The Look of Silence
  8. Spotlight
  9. Tom at the Farm
  10. Mississippi Grind
Ryan Lattanzio View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Amy
  3. Queen of Earth
  4. Sicario
  5. Phoenix
  6. 45 Years
  7. James White
  8. Eden
  9. Stinking Heaven
  10. By the Sea
Demetrious Matheou View full list
  1. Carol
  2. The Assassin
  3. Inherent Vice
  4. Amy
  5. Girlhood
  6. Sicario
  7. Steve Jobs
  8. Jauja
  9. Spotlight
  10. 45 Years
  11. (tie) Radiator
Anne Thompson View full list
  1. Son of Saul
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Inside Out
  4. The Martian
  5. Spotlight
  6. Steve Jobs
  7. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  8. Tangerine
  9. 45 Years
  10. Clouds of Sils Maria
Susan Wloszczyna View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. 45 Years
  3. Amy
  4. Room
  5. Inside Out
  6. Grandma
  7. Mad Max: Fury Road
  8. I'll See You in My Dreams
  9. Shaun the Sheep Movie
  10. Clouds of Sils Maria
Time
Stephanie Zacharek View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Phoenix
  3. I'll See You in My Dreams
  4. Clouds of Sils Maria
  5. Iris
  6. Mustang
  7. Tangerine
  8. Creed
  9. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  10. Ex Machina
TimeOut London
Staff View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Inherent Vice
  3. 45 Years
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Amy
  6. Inside Out
  7. It Follows
  8. Birdman
  9. Girlhood
  10. London Road
TimeOut New York
Joshua Rothkopf View full list
  1. Brooklyn
  2. Son of Saul
  3. Heaven Knows What
  4. Phoenix
  5. Sicario
  6. Spotlight
  7. Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem
  8. The Look of Silence
  9. Carol
  10. Mad Max: Fury Road
Toronto Star
Peter Howell View full list
  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Carol
  3. Son of Saul
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Spotlight
  6. The Martian
  7. Sleeping Giant
  8. Inside Out
  9. Amy
  10. Tangerine
Total Film
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Inside Out
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  4. Sicario
  5. Ex Machina
  6. The Revenant
  7. Carol
  8. Creed
  9. It Follows
  10. The Martian
Tulsa World
Michael Smith View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Revenant
  3. Sicario
  4. Spotlight
  5. Ex Machina
  6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  7. Bridge of Spies
  8. It Follows
  9. The Big Short
  10. (tie) Brooklyn
  11. (tie) The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  12. (tie) Room
TV Guide
Staff View full list
  1. The Martian
  2. Spotlight
  3. Inside Out
  4. Steve Jobs
  5. Room
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Brooklyn
  8. Carol
  9. Creed
  10. Trainwreck
TwitchFilm
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Sicario
  3. (tie) The Martian
  4. (tie) Victoria
  5. Ex Machina
  6. (tie) Carol
  7. (tie) Spotlight
  8. (tie) Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  9. (tie) The Assassin
  10. (tie) It Follows
Uncut
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Inherent Vice
  2. The Duke of Burgundy
  3. Love & Mercy
  4. Carol
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
  6. Birdman
  7. While We're Young
  8. Wild Tales
  9. Beasts of No Nation
  10. Timbuktu
USA Today
Brian Truitt View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • Black Mass
  • Brooklyn
  • Creed
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Inside Out
  • It Follows
  • The Martian
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Vanity Fair
Richard Lawson View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Clouds of Sils Maria
  3. Spotlight
  4. Carol
  5. Ex Machina
  6. Tangerine
  7. The End of the Tour
  8. Eden
  9. Steve Jobs
  10. The Martian
Vancouver Sun
Bob Thompson View full list
  1. The Big Short
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. Inside Out
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Brooklyn
  6. Ant-Man
  7. Steve Jobs
  8. Shaun the Sheep Movie
  9. Spotlight
  10. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Vancouver Weekly
Michael Scoular View full list
  • Blackhat
  • By the Sea
  • Crimson Peak
  • Experimenter
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
  • Ricki and the Flash
  • The Visit
  • The Walk
Variety
Andrew Barker View full list
  1. Ex Machina
  2. Creed
  3. Brooklyn
  4. Love & Mercy
  5. Inside Out
  6. Spotlight
  7. Eden
  8. The Tribe
  9. Heaven Knows What
  10. Amy
Geoff Berkshire View full list
  1. Inside Out
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Carol
  4. Anomalisa
  5. Spotlight
  6. It Follows
  7. Room
  8. White God
  9. Steve Jobs
  10. Chi-Raq
Catherine Bray View full list
  1. Arabian Nights
  2. Carol
  3. Krisha
  4. Aaaaaaaah!
  5. The Look of Silence
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Ex Machina
  8. Force Majeure
  9. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  10. The Martian
Justin Chang View full list
  1. The Assassin
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Phoenix
  4. The Look of Silence
  5. Carol
  6. The Tribe
  7. Spotlight
  8. Inside Out
  9. Girlhood
  10. Brooklyn
Peter Debruge View full list
  1. Son of Saul
  2. Spotlight
  3. Steve Jobs
  4. Inside Out
  5. Tangerine
  6. Above and Below
  7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  8. The Martian
  9. Mustang
  10. By the Sea
  11. Mon roi
Maggie Lee View full list
  1. The Assassin
  2. 0.5 Mm
  3. Our Little Sister
  4. 4th Place
  5. Happy Hour
  6. The Throne
  7. Mr. Zhang Believes
  8. A Copy of My Mind
  9. Young Patriot
  10. A Simple Goodbye
Joe Leydon View full list
  • Assassination
  • Best of Enemies
  • The Big Short
  • The Hateful Eight
  • I Believe in Unicorns
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Steve Jobs
  • Trainwreck
  • Youth
Guy Lodge View full list
  1. 45 Years
  2. Carol
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Arabian Nights
  5. Magic Mike XXL
  6. The Demons
  7. The Lobster
  8. Victoria
  9. The Endless River
  10. Joy
Alissa Simon View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Slow West
  3. Son of Saul
  4. Timbuktu
  5. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  6. Amy
  7. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  8. Jafar Panahi's Taxi [aka Taxi Tehran]
  9. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  10. Inside Out
Ella Taylor View full list
  1. Clouds of Sils Maria
  2. Anomalisa
  3. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  4. Boy and the World
  5. The Assassin
  6. Bridge of Spies
  7. The Second Mother
  8. Heart of a Dog
  9. Brooklyn
  10. Mustang
Jay Weissberg View full list
  1. 45 Years
  2. Carol
  3. Blood of My Blood
  4. The Assassin
  5. The Lobster
  6. Youth
  7. Francophonia
  8. Thirst
  9. Land and Shade
  10. Son of Saul
Variety/In Contention
Kristopher Tapley View full list
  1. Inside Out
  2. Anomalisa
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Amy
  5. Spotlight
  6. Steve Jobs
  7. White God
  8. The Hateful Eight
  9. Son of Saul
  10. 99 Homes
Village Voice
Simon Abrams View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Mistress America
  3. Chi-Raq
  4. Maps to the Stars
  5. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  6. River of Fundament
  7. Baahubali: The Beginning
  8. Clouds of Sils Maria
  9. Brooklyn
  10. Office
Melissa Anderson View full list
  1. Carol
  2. Clouds of Sils Maria
  3. Phoenix
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Saint Laurent
  6. In Jackson Heights
  7. The Assassin
  8. 45 Years
  9. The Wonders
  10. Heaven Knows What
Michael Atkinson View full list
  1. The Forbidden Room
  2. The Tribe
  3. Out 1
  4. The Assassin
  5. Anomalisa
  6. Son of Saul
  7. Carol
  8. Arabian Nights
  9. About Elly
  10. Hard to Be a God
Aaron Hillis View full list
  1. Anomalisa
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. The Look of Silence
  4. The Tribe
  5. Tangerine
  6. The Duke of Burgundy
  7. White God
  8. Girlhood
  9. Heaven Knows What
  10. Hard to Be a God
Michael Nordine View full list
  1. Jauja
  2. Clouds of Sils Maria
  3. Blackhat
  4. It Follows
  5. The Wonders
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Metalhead
  8. Brooklyn
  9. Mistress America
  10. The Tribe
Nick Schager View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Look of Silence
  3. Phoenix
  4. Brooklyn
  5. The Assassin
  6. Hard to Be a God
  7. Spotlight
  8. Slow West
  9. James White
  10. Bone Tomahawk
Alan Scherstuhl View full list
  1. Phoenix
  2. Democrats
  3. Carol
  4. In Jackson Heights
  5. Brooklyn
  6. Field Niggas
  7. The Mend
  8. The Revenant
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road
  10. The Wonders
Scott Tobias View full list
  1. The Look of Silence
  2. Phoenix
  3. Carol
  4. Brooklyn
  5. The Assassin
  6. Heaven Knows What
  7. It Follows
  8. Mad Max: Fury Road
  9. The Hateful Eight
  10. Western
Sam Weisberg View full list
  1. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. Amy
  4. Room
  5. Famous Nathan
  6. The End of the Tour
  7. Anomalisa
  8. Spotlight
  9. Love & Mercy
  10. Ex Machina
Zachary Wigon View full list
  1. Carol
  2. The Pearl Button
  3. Phoenix
  4. The Look of Silence
  5. Maps to the Stars
  6. The Assassin
  7. Clouds of Sils Maria
  8. Mississippi Grind
  9. It Follows
  10. Timbuktu
Chuck Wilson View full list
  1. Son of Saul
  2. Brooklyn
  3. The Revenant
  4. The Peanuts Movie
  5. Beasts of No Nation
  6. Ex Machina
  7. Bridge of Spies
  8. Tangerine
  9. Youth
  10. 45 Years
Vogue
John Powers View full list
  1. The Assassin
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Timbuktu
  4. Anomalisa
  5. The Martian
  6. The Big Short
  7. The Walk
  8. (tie) The End of the Tour
  9. (tie) Spotlight
  10. Mustang
  11. Tangerine
Vulture
Bilge Ebiri View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Timbuktu
  3. The Mend
  4. Best of Enemies
  5. Eden
  6. Heart of a Dog
  7. Saint Laurent
  8. Room
  9. Mustang
  10. Sembene!
David Edelstein View full list
  1. Room
  2. The Big Short
  3. Inside Out
  4. Listen to Me Marlon
  5. Heart of a Dog
  6. Spotlight
  7. Timbuktu
  8. Experimenter
  9. Mustang
  10. Chi-raq
The Wall Street Journal
Joe Morgenstern View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. The Big Short
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • Brooklyn
  • Ex Machina
  • Inside Out
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Room
  • Son of Saul
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Washington Post
Ann Hornaday View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Love & Mercy
  3. Brooklyn
  4. Carol
  5. Ex Machina
  6. Chi-Raq
  7. Son of Saul
  8. Creed
  9. Inside Out
  10. The Martian
We Got This Covered
Sam Woolf View full list
  1. The Duke of Burgundy
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. The Look of Silence
  4. Phoenix
  5. Son of Saul
  6. Spotlight
  7. Carol
  8. Inside Out
  9. Keeper
  10. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Wichita Eagle
Rod Pocowatchit View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Creed
  3. Spotlight
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. The Martian
  6. Brooklyn
  7. Tangerine
  8. Ex Machina
  9. It Follows
  10. Inside Out
Wired
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Ex Machina
  3. Creed
  4. The Revenant
  5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  6. Sicario
  7. The Martian
  8. Spotlight
  9. It Follows
  10. Steve Jobs
TheWrap
Alonso Duralde View full list
  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Carol
  3. Anomalisa
  4. Grandma
  5. The Tribe
  6. Son of Saul
  7. Ex Machina
  8. Clouds of Sils Maria
  9. Spotlight
  10. Brooklyn
Inkoo Kang View full list
  1. Far From the Madding Crowd
  2. Son of Saul
  3. Spotlight
  4. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  5. What We Do in the Shadows
  6. Mommy
  7. Inside Out
  8. Appropriate Behavior
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road
  10. Infinitely Polar Bear
Yahoo! Movies
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Spotlight
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Carol
  4. Inside Out
  5. Finder's Keepers
  6. The Big Short
  7. The Martian
  8. Brooklyn
  9. The Revenant
  10. Creed

 

Comments (26)

  • Allsaying  

    Very good post. This critics film list really wonderful. I have found here many great and popular films name. I will watched these all movies soon. http://allsaying.com/

  • DanBurrito  

    My Top 10: 1. Inside Out. 2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 3. Ex Machina. 4. Room. 5. Spotlight. 6. Bridge of Spies. 7. Steve Jobs. 8. Ant-Man. 9. Brooklyn. 10. Mad Max: Fury Road. (I haven't seen The Big Short or Straight Outta Compton yet).

  • oursbyaccident  

    I really like Michael Phillips' (Chicago Tribune) top ten. Out of the collective top 30, 13 of the films are in either my top 15 or my honorable mentions.

    I go into depth on my top 15, 14 honorable mentions, and my bottom 3 of the year (Chappie, Minions, Spectre), on these three blog posts. No one should expect Mad Max to top my list, as it's the very first honorable mention, (however the HM's are topically ordered, not ranked).

    http://oursbyaccident.com/2015/12/27/the-15-of-15-the-best-favorite-films-pt-1/
    http://oursbyaccident.com/2015/12/30/the-15-of-15-films-pt-2/
    http://oursbyaccident.com/2016/01/06/the-15-of-15-films-pt-3/

    Not spam I promise!

    I feel like I need to see Fury Road again. The "incredibleness" of it didn't really click with me, even though I liked it a good deal. I kind of have a bias against actions films too, I suppose. Nevertheless. I also made my list prior to seeing The Revenant of Anomalisa, but I ended up not caring for either. Interested in hearing what anyone has to say about my lists and more importantly what I wrote about each film.

  • sentend  

    can there be a final update already please. music list too!

  • afro22afro  

    Why isn't Scott Mendelson's list not uploaded yet? It's been up for nearly 2 weeks now

  • shbhandaa  

    here is my top 10:

    1. Anomolisa 2. Carol 3. Clouds of Sils Maria 4. In Transit 5. Arabian Nights 6. Spotlight 7. Brooklyn 8. In Jackson Heights 9. Girlhood 10. Counting 11. The Assassin 12. The End of the Tour 13. Heart of a Dog 14. Ex Machina 15. Amy

    Still haven't seen: The Hateful Eight, Revenant, Horse Money, Tangerine, Creed, Son of Saul, Bridge of Spies, Youth, 45 Years, Hard to be a God, Jauja, The Duke of Burgundy (Critics should really list all the "quality" films they missed this year if they are going to do a top 10) I'm sure almost no one saw In Transit (Albert Maysles last film) yet it my books it was one of the best documentaries of the last few years... Anyway, thanks for letting me list my top 15 with these other honourable people.

  • ChrisL75  

    Thanks again for the monster effort of putting this page together every year. One correction as of Jan. 5: Andrew O'Hehir in Salon picked "Welcome to Me," with Kristen Wiig, not "Welcome to New York."

  • afro22afro  

    I think I may be the only one with this opinion, but I don't think a point system is needed to rank movies that appear in critics' lists. It's a bit arbitrary. You can do this for the awards and nominations, that's fine, but for critics' lists... I don't think so. I think the best way to rank these movies is just simply by counting how many lists the film is mentioned in. Example, if "Movie A" appeared in 50 lists with 4 of them giving it #1, and "Movie B" appeared in 40 lists with 10 of them giving it #1, "Movie A" should still be ranked higher than "Movie B" because it appeared in more lists. imo, it doesn't matter how many #1's a movie has if less people thought that it's AT LEAST one of the best films of the year than the movie that appeared in more lists but with less #1's.

  • drakedom  

    @MovieJay... you're missing it. i don't know how else to help you out here. all i said is i wished more critics waited for this big 4 films from major directors like tarantino, inarritu, abrams, and david o russell... that point still stands. 3 out of these 4 movies now have excellent metacritic scores... if a month from now still nobody has put their films on the top 10 then i'll shut up but i have no believe that we will start seeing them now and i think since its still 2016 these critics should've waited instead of publishing their top 10's on like november 30th! please.

  • MovieJay  

    @Dradedom - No, I don't believe what I said contradicted Playlist whatsoever. They admitted that at least one staffer had seen all 3 press screenings of "Joy", "The Revenant" and "Hateful 8". My comment was addressing an assertion about "how could critics put a movie on their list they hadn't seen because it hasn't come out yet" in order to explain that critics don't do that at all. If it's on their list, that means they've seen it and are afforded an opportunity to see it well in advance of the public. It's the Playlist's fault for publishing an incomplete article a couple weeks early if only for the sake of clickbaiting quotas as they edit and re-edit the same piece the next few weeks. As for AFI, that is impossible because a) their top 10 only comes out later this morning and b) is not a reflection of what they liked the best out of the entire year, but is a reflection of the best that was submitted to their organization for review.

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