The Best (and Worst) Movies of 2016 So Far

  • Publish Date: July 1, 2016
  • Comments: ↓ 9 user comments

Highest-scoring films from the first half of the year

Below are the best-reviewed movies released between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016 with a minimum of 7 reviews from professional critics, ranked by Metascore (prior to rounding). All scores are from July 1, 2016. Re-releases are excluded.

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90 The Fits Oscilloscope
Director Anna Rose Holmer’s impressive feature narrative debut is a psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni (Royalty Hightower), a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati's West End. The film impressed observers during festival screenings in Venice and Sundance before adding more glowing reviews upon its theatrical release in early June. Watch now:
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90 Paths of the Soul Icarus Films
Chinese director Zhang Yang (Shower) blends documentary with fiction as he follows a group of real Tibetan Buddhist villagers on a pilgrimage to Tibet's capital—a truly unique journey that involves lying flat on the highway every few steps of the 1,200-mile trip.
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87 Krisha A24
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at SXSW last year, this debut feature from writer-director-actor-editor Trey Edward Shults stars his own aunt, Krisha Fairchild, at the titular character, who shows up at her sister’s house on Thanksgiving morning and attempts to reconcile with her relatives, resulting in an emotionally taxing day for everyone.
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87 Cemetery of Splendor Strand Releasing
The latest from Thai writer-director Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul already landed on some year-end top 10 lists (in 2015) thanks to an excellent debut at Cannes last year. The enigmatic film centers on a housewife who volunteers to look after soldiers suffering from a a mysterious sleeping sickness. Watch now:
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87 My Golden Days Magnolia Pictures
Director Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale and Kings & Queen) returns to the story of Paul Dédalus (Matheiu Amalric) that he began in 1996 with My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument. About to return to Paris, Dédalus reflects on his childhood relationships with his mother, his father, and, most of all, the love of his life, Esther. Quentin Dolmaire, making his screen debut, plays the young Dédalus. Watch now:
... and the rest of the top 50
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6Love & Friendship DRAMEDY87
7The Treasure FOREIGN/COMEDY87AmazonNetflix
8April and the Extraordinary World FOREIGN/ANIMATION85
11Everybody Wants Some!! COMEDY84Amazon
13The Witch HORROR83Amazon
14Kaili Blues FOREIGN/DRAMA83
17Embrace of the Serpent FOREIGN/ADVENTURE82Amazonitunes
19A War FOREIGN/DRAMA81AmazonNetflix
21Right Now, Wrong Then FOREIGN/DRAMA81
23Pervert Park DOCUMENTARY80
24Hunt for the Wilderpeople COMEDY/DRAMA80Amazon
25Green Room THRILLER80Amazon
26Colliding Dreams DOCUMENTARY79
27Sing Street MUSICAL79
28The Witness DOCUMENTARY79
29Mountains May Depart FOREIGN/DRAMA79Amazon
30The Last Man on the Moon DOCUMENTARY79AmazonitunesNetflix
31No Home Movie DOCUMENTARY78
32Zootopia ANIMATION/FAMILY78Amazonitunes
34Finding Dory ANIMATION/FAMILY77Amazon
35The Dark Horse DRAMA77
36The Jungle Book ANIMATION/FAMILY77Amazon
37Presenting Princess Shaw DOCUMENTARY/MUSIC77Amazonitunes
39Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures DOCUMENTARY76
40Maggie's Plan DRAMA/COMEDY76
41Midnight Special SCI-FI/THRILLER/DRAMA76Amazonitunes
4310 Cloverfield Lane SCI-FI/THRILLER76Amazon
44Marguerite FOREIGN/DRAMA76
46Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words DOCUMENTARY/MUSIC76
47Diamond Tongues DRAMA/COMEDY75
49Time to Choose DOCUMENTARY75
50Captain America: Civil War ACTION-ADVENTURE/SCI-FI/THRILLER75Amazon

Lowest-scoring films of 2016 so far

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1 Cabin Fever HORROR/COMEDY 14 Amazon
Travis Zariwny's remake of Eli Roth's 2003 horror film about a flesh-eating virus uses Roth's original script almost in its entirety—and couples that with a largely incompetent cast—leading to understandable complaints about the new film's utter pointlessness. But at this time last year, the lowest-scoring movie had a 1, so ... consider this an improvement?
2Mother's Day DRAMA/COMEDY18Amazon
3Dirty Grandpa COMEDY18Amazon
4Martyrs DRAMA/THRILLER/HORROR19Amazonitunes
5Norm of the North ANIMATION/FAMILY21Amazonitunes
6God's Not Dead 2 DRAMA22Amazon
7Search Party COMEDY22Amazonitunes
9Misconduct DRAMA/THRILLER24Amazonitunes
10Gods of Egypt ACTION/FANTASY25Amazonitunes


What are your favorites?

What are your top films from 2016 so far? Let us know in the discussion section below.

Comments (9)

  • DanBurrito  

    Well, it looks like Moonlight will be the highest scoring film of the year. I can't see any movie getting a higher score by this stage.

  • DanBurrito  

    To be honest, this hasn't been a great year. A lot of great movies came out in 2015, but this year has been a bit "meh" so far. Hopefully, things will pick up during awards season.

  • CoriolanX  

    i've never even heard of the top five

  • RafaelDB464  

    Digimon Tri Part 2 should have been on the worst list...

  • PerksOfBeingNat  

    Top 5 based on UK release (meaning films like Finding Dory haven't come out here yet and some films that were released late last year in the US are considered 2016 releases here).

    1. Room
    2. Captain America: Civil War
    3. Spotlight
    4. The Jungle Book
    5. Joy/Zootopia

    Be sure to check out my reviewed films of 2016, if you're interested, and let me know what you thought of them too! -

  • applescruff  

    1. The Lobster
    2. Green Room
    3. The Witch
    4. Captain America: Civil War
    5. The Nice Guys
    6. Midnight Special
    7. Zootopia
    8. Everybody Wants Some
    9. Deadpool
    10. Finding Dory/Hail Caesar (tie)

  • DanBurrito  

    My favourites (so far). 1. Captain America: Civil War. 2. Sing Street. 3. Miles Ahead. 4. Zootopia. 5. The Jungle Book.

  • Coldplayer  

    Not so unpopular! I think it's my favorite of all time now. Were you talking about the ultimate cut as well or the theatrical cut? I loved both, but I prefer the ultimate of course.

  • TelephonePole  

    Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice for me. I can see that this is an incredibly unpopular opinion; especially for me choosing this as the best movie of 2016 so far.

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