Best of 2016: Film Critic Top Ten Lists

  • Publish Date: December 5, 2016
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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 2016

Recent updates:
Added 1/10: Birth.Movies.Death., CriterionCast, NPR, The Oregonian, Washington City Paper, Wichita Eagle
Added 1/5: BBC, CinemaDope, Movie Mezzanine, Parallax View, Paste, Reverse Shot, Salt Lake City Weekly, Salt Lake Tribune, ScreenAnarchy, Sioux City Journal, Thrillist, We Got This Covered, Wired
Added 1/4: The Arts Desk, Bleeding Cool, Cinemablend, First Showing, The Playlist (additional critics), ReelViews, San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly, Slashfilm (additional critics), Uproxx (additional critics), Vancouver Observer
Added 1/1: Deadline, Film School Rejects, The Hollywood Reporter/Heat Vision, Ioncinema, Keyframe, Lincoln Journal Star, Metacritic, Metro UK, Metro US, Miami Herald, New Republic, New York Observer, Newsday, NOW Magazine, Omaha World-Herald, The Playlist (additional critics), Showbiz411, Toronto Star, Tulsa World, Vancouver Sun
Added 12/30: Austin Chronicle, Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Film Stage, New Orleans Times-Picayune, New York Post, The Playlist (additional critics), San Antonio Current, Tampa Bay Times, USA Today
Added 12/27: The Awards Show Show, Chicago Sun-Times, Christian Science Monitor, Collider, Fresno Bee, San Francisco Chronicle (additional critics), San Jose Mercury News, Slashfilm, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Added 12/22: Baltimore City Paper, Chicago Reader, Detroit News, Esquire, Film Journal International, Filmmaker Magazine, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Las Vegas Weekly, Nerdist, RedEye Chicago, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, TimeOut New York, Total Film, Uproxx, The Verge, Vox
Added 12/20: The Atlantic, A.V. Club, CBC, Consequence of Sound, Den of Geek [USA], Paper, The Playlist, The Playlist/Awards Campaign, The Telegraph, Yahoo! Movies
Added 12/18: Boston Herald, CraveOnline, Flood, The Globe and Mail, Little White Lies, NYLON, People, RogerEbert.com, Salon, The Star-Ledger/NJ.com
Added 12/16: Boston Globe, CineVue, Flavorwire, The Guardian, Monkeys Fighting Robots, PopSugar
Added 12/15: Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Philadelphia Inquirer, Uncut, Wall Street Journal
Added 12/14: The Daily Beast, LA Weekly, Maclean's, MTV, Screen Daily, TheWrap
Added 12/13: BuzzFeed, The Hollywood Reporter, IGN, Vogue
Added 12/9: Indiewire (Thompson), The New Yorker, The Ringer, Slant, Us Weekly
Added 12/8: Entertainment Weekly, Slate, Variety, Washington Post
Added 12/7: Arizona Republic, The New York Times, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair
Added 12/6: Indiewire (Ehrlich), Time, Vulture
Added 12/5: Scorecard launched with 15 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. (Beginning this year, we do include unranked lists of 11-20 titles, though each film gets just one-half of a point.) 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 of 10 or fewer titles
  • 0.5 points for being included on an unranked list of 11-20 titles
Films Mentioned on Most Critic Top 10 Lists - 2016
Movie and Metascore # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 Moonlight 653391353
2 La La Land 371982.5232
3 Manchester by the Sea 212995218
4 Arrival 14775.5133
5 Toni Erdmann 161145116
6 Hell or High Water 7768105
7 Paterson 1125684
8 O.J.: Made in America * 7104182
9 The Handmaiden 3953.581
10 Elle 51036.572
11 Jackie 2645.564
12 American Honey 2632.552
13 The Lobster153650
14 Cameraperson252642
15 Silence 332641
16 20th Century Women 3128.540
Sing Street 1035.540
The Witch 0137.540
19 Everybody Wants Some!! 1132.538
20 Green Room 0329.536
21 Certain Women212533
22 The Fits2515.532
23 I Am Not Your Negro1222.530
24 Love & Friendship002829
25 Zootopia022428
Kubo and the Two Strings022328
27 Deadpool1120.527
28 Loving1022.526
Fences2019.526
13th112026

* The eight-hour documentary O.J.: Made in America was screened in two theaters to qualify for film awards prior to airing as a miniseries on ESPN. As a result, you may see it appear in lists from movie critics in addition to those from TV critics.

Individual critic top ten lists

Below are the 256 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 films without ranking them in order; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.

Arizona Republic
Bill Goodykoontz View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Hell or High Water
  4. Moonlight
  5. Arrival
  6. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  7. The Handmaiden
  8. Weiner
  9. The Wailing
  10. Don't Think Twice
Melissa Anderson
  1. Moonlight
  2. Toni Erdmann
  3. O.J.: Made in America
  4. Happy Hour
  5. Fort Buchanan
  6. Born in Flames
  7. Regrouping
  8. "An Early Clue to the New Direction: Queer Cinema Before Stonewall" [survey]
  9. The Ornithologist
  10. Elle
  11. Hermia & Helena
J. Hoberman
  1. Three Screen Ray
  2. O.J.: Made in America
  3. Toni Erdmann
  4. Kaili Blues
  5. The Death of Louis XIV
  6. Sieranevada
  7. Austerlitz
  8. The Witch
  9. Demon
  10. "Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact" [exhibition]
James Quandt
  1. Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillèt [retrospective]
  2. From the Branches Drops the Withered Blossom [restored version]
  3. Sieranevada
  4. The Death of Louis XIV
  5. The Ornithologist
  6. Ma' Rosa
  7. Yourself and Yours
  8. Neruda
  9. Kékszakállú
  10. As Without So Within
Amy Taubin
  1. Bruce Conner: It's All True [retrospective]
  2. Moonlight
  3. Toni Erdmann
  4. Everything Else
  5. I Am Not Your Negro
  6. O.J.: Made in America
  7. My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
  8. Tempestad
  9. Sand Storm
  10. Command and Control
John Waters View full list
  1. Krisha
  2. Tickled
  3. Everybody Wants Some!!
  4. Roar
  5. Wiener-Dog
  6. Elle
  7. Julieta
  8. Like Cattle Towards Glow
  9. Valley of Love
  10. A Quiet Passion
Artforum
The Arts Desk
Staff View full list
  • Anomalisa
  • Arrival
  • Julieta
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • The Revenant
  • Son of Saul
  • Tale of Tales
  • Things to Come
  • Weiner
AskMen
Olly Richards View full list
  1. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  2. Arrival
  3. Love & Friendship
  4. Your Name
  5. Creed
  6. Zootopia
  7. Sing Street
  8. Kubo and the Two Strings
  9. Anomalisa
  10. Victoria
Lindsey Bahr View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Jackie
  4. Moonlight
  5. The Red Turtle
  6. 20th Century Women
  7. I Am Not Your Negro
  8. Hail, Caesar!
  9. Certain Women
  10. Sausage Party
Associated Press (AP)
Jake Coyle View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Cameraperson
  3. La La Land
  4. I Am Not Your Negro
  5. Sunset Song
  6. American Honey
  7. Manchester by the Sea
  8. O.J.: Made in America
  9. Hell or High Water
  10. The Edge of Seventeen
The Atlantic
Christopher Orr View full list
  1. Arrival
  2. La La Land
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Hell or High Water
  5. The Lobster
  6. Moonlight
  7. The Handmaiden
  8. Zootopia
  9. O.J.: Made in America
  10. Loving
Marjorie Baumgarten View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Moonlight
  3. La La Land
  4. Elle
  5. Nocturnal Animals
  6. I Am Not Your Negro
  7. Wiener-Dog
  8. Paterson
  9. Tower
  10. Captain Fantastic
Steve Davis View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. La La Land
  4. Hell or High Water
  5. Green Room
  6. Tower
  7. The Handmaiden
  8. Deadpool
  9. Sing Street
  10. Nocturnal Animals
Kimberley Jones View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. La La Land
  3. 20th Century Women
  4. The Handmaiden
  5. American Honey
  6. The Lobster
  7. Don't Think Twice
  8. Aquarius
  9. A Bigger Splash
  10. Maggie's Plan
Josh Kupecki View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. American Honey
  4. The Lobster
  5. The Handmaiden
  6. Aquarius
  7. The Wailing
  8. Christine
  9. Green Room
  10. Captain Fantastic
Austin Chronicle
Marc Savlov View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. The Love Witch
  3. Cameraperson
  4. Tower
  5. Gimme Danger
  6. Kubo and the Two Strings
  7. Little Sister
  8. Arrival
  9. American Honey
  10. The Handmaiden
Mike D’Angelo View full list
  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. Right Now, Wrong Then
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Tower
  5. The Witch
  6. Paterson
  7. Author: The JT LeRoy Story
  8. Indignation
  9. London Road
  10. Everybody Wants Some!!
A.A. Dowd View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Moonlight
  3. Paterson
  4. Green Room
  5. La La Land
  6. The Handmaiden
  7. Toni Erdmann
  8. Louder Than Bombs
  9. Hell or High Water
  10. Don't Breathe
Jesse Hassenger View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. American Honey
  3. Green Room
  4. Arrival
  5. Manchester by the Sea
  6. Hail, Caesar!
  7. Hell or High Water
  8. The Fits
  9. Everybody Wants Some!!
  10. Sing Street
Noel Murray View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. The Handmaiden
  3. La La Land
  4. Moonlight
  5. Green Room
  6. Jackie
  7. The Eyes of My Mother
  8. Paterson
  9. The Fits
  10. Hell or High Water
Katie Rife View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. The Handmaiden
  3. Arrival
  4. Green Room
  5. The Lobster
  6. Silence
  7. American Honey
  8. Elle
  9. Manchester by the Sea
  10. Hell or High Water
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky View full list
  1. Elle
  2. The Lobster
  3. Midnight Special
  4. Hell or High Water
  5. Moonlight
  6. Sully
  7. Toni Erdmann
  8. La La Land
  9. Silence
  10. Three
A.V. Club
Kyle Buchanan View full list
  • 20th Century Women
  • A Bigger Splash
  • The Handmaiden
  • Jackie
  • Krisha
  • Little Men
  • Moonlight
  • Mountains May Depart
  • Sing Street
  • Zootopia
The Awards Show Show/The Frame
John Horn View full list
  • 20th Century Women
  • Arrival
  • Deadpool
  • Fire at Sea
  • La La Land
  • The Lobster
  • Loving
  • Moonlight
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • Zootopia
Baltimore City Paper
Staff View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. The Fits
  3. Lemonade
  4. Cemetery of Splendour
  5. 13th
  6. The Nice Guys
  7. The Witch
  8. Arrival
  9. Do Not Resist
  10. Green Room
BBC
Nicholas Barber View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Anomalisa
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Nocturnal Animals
  5. Arrival
  6. Toni Erdmann
  7. The Founder
  8. The Distinguished Citizen
  9. Florence Foster Jenkins
  10. Your Name
Siddhant Adlakha View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. The Fits
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Toni Erdmann
  5. The Salesman
  6. Pete's Dragon
  7. Lion
  8. White Girl
  9. Bad Black
  10. Morris From America
Meredith Borders View full list
  1. The Edge of Seventeen
  2. Moonlight
  3. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  4. The Handmaiden
  5. The Love Witch
  6. The Invitation
  7. La La Land
  8. Green Room
  9. Hail, Caesar!
  10. Sing Street
Evan Saathoff View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Green Room
  3. The Nice Guys
  4. Swiss Army Man
  5. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  6. The Autopsy of Jane Doe
  7. Kubo and the Two Strings
  8. Kill Zone 2
  9. The Mermaid
  10. Manchester by the Sea
Birth.Movies.Death.
Scott Wampler View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Swiss Army Man
  3. Arrival
  4. Green Room
  5. The Witch
  6. The Neon Demon
  7. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  8. The Invitation
  9. High-Rise
  10. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Bleeding Cool
Kaitlyn Booth View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Kubo and the Two Strings
  3. Loving
  4. Captain America: Civil War
  5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  6. Arrival
  7. Zootopia
  8. Star Trek Beyond
  9. The Witch
  10. Moana
Boston Globe
Ty Burr View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Paterson
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. O.J.: Made in America
  5. Jackie
  6. The Fits
  7. La La Land
  8. The Handmaiden
  9. I Am Not Your Negro
  10. Cameraperson
Boston Herald
Stephen Schaefer View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Florence Foster Jenkins
  3. Fire at Sea
  4. Patriots Day
  5. Hacksaw Ridge
  6. Hidden Figures
  7. Toni Erdmann
  8. Jackie
  9. Hell or High Water
  10. Moonlight
BuzzFeed
Alison Willmore View full list
  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. Moonlight
  3. Weiner
  4. Mountains May Depart
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. Elle
  7. Things to Come
  8. O.J.: Made in America
  9. The Edge of Seventeen
  10. Manchester by the Sea
Cahiers du cinéma
Staff
  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. Elle
  3. The Neon Demon
  4. Aquarius
  5. Slack Bay
  6. Julieta
  7. Staying Vertical
  8. La Loi de la jungle
  9. Carol
  10. Le bois dont les rêves sont faits
CBC
Eli Glasner View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Moonlight
  3. Arrival
  4. Anatomy of Violence
  5. Sing Street
  6. Cameraperson
  7. Manchester by the Sea
  8. Midnight Special
  9. Deadpool
  10. Demolition
J.R. Jones View full list
  1. Embrace of the Serpent
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Don't Think Twice
  4. The Witness
  5. London Road
  6. The Club
  7. Son of Saul
  8. Microbe and Gasoline
  9. Tower
  10. Weiner
Chicago Reader
Leah Pickett View full list
  1. American Honey
  2. Moonlight
  3. Arrival
  4. La La Land
  5. The Handmaiden
  6. O.J.: Made in America
  7. The Witch
  8. 13th
  9. The Lobster
  10. Manchester by the Sea
Chicago Sun-Times
Richard Roeper View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Hell or High Water
  3. Moonlight
  4. La La Land
  5. Sully
  6. Lights Out
  7. Zootopia
  8. The Infiltrator
  9. Silence
  10. Arrival
Chicago Tribune
Michael Phillips View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. La La Land
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Toni Erdmann
  5. O.J.: Made in America
  6. Krisha
  7. The Witch
  8. Hell or High Water
  9. Don't Think Twice
  10. The Fits
Christian Science Monitor
Peter Rainer View full list
  1. O.J.: Made in America
  2. La La Land
  3. Florence Foster Jenkins
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Demon
  6. Hell or High Water
  7. Rams
  8. Things to Come
  9. The Red Turtle
  10. Sweet Bean
Cinema Blend
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Moana
  2. Sing Street
  3. Arrival
  4. La La Land
  5. Captain America: Civil War
  6. High-Rise
  7. Kubo and the Two Strings
  8. Manchester by the Sea
  9. Deadpool
  10. The Nice Guys
CinemaDope
Glenn Lovell View full list
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Christine
  • Deadpool
  • Fences
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Midnight Special
  • Moonlight
  • La La Land
  • Paterson
  • The Witch
Matthew Anderson View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Little Men
  3. The Pearl Button
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. La La Land
  6. The Red Turtle
  7. Paterson
  8. Chasing Asylum
  9. Zootopia
  10. Behemoth
John Bleasdale View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Paterson
  3. Neruda
  4. Arrival
  5. The Hateful Eight
  6. Weiner
  7. The Handmaiden
  8. Hell or High Water
  9. The Wailing
  10. O.J.: Made in America
Patrick Gamble View full list
  1. Sieranevada
  2. Jackie
  3. Certain Women
  4. Aquarius
  5. The Son of Joseph
  6. Kaili Blues
  7. Personal Shopper
  8. Moonlight
  9. Cameraperson
  10. Embrace of the Serpent
CineVue
Ben Nicholson View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. The Illinois Parables
  3. Aquarius
  4. Cameraperson
  5. Personal Shopper
  6. Kate Plays Christine
  7. Austerlitz
  8. The Handmaiden
  9. Homo Sapiens
  10. Fraud
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Staff consensus View full list
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • American Honey
  • Arrival
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Dark Horse
  • Deadpool
  • Elvis & Nixon
  • Eye in the Sky
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • The Handmaiden
  • Hell or High Water
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • The Land
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Morgan
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Sing Street
Chris Cabin View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Moonlight
  3. 13th
  4. Silence
  5. Knight of Cups
  6. The Fits
  7. Kate Plays Christine
  8. Everybody Wants Some!!
  9. Sunset Song
  10. Mountains May Depart
Adam Chitwood View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. O.J.: Made in America
  4. Sing Street
  5. Everybody Wants Some!!
  6. Moonlight
  7. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  8. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  9. Weiner
  10. Swiss Army Man
Brian Formo View full list
  1. Elle
  2. Toni Erdmann
  3. Sunset Song
  4. Silence
  5. The Witch
  6. Moonlight
  7. Arrival
  8. Embrace of the Serpent
  9. Paterson
  10. Hacksaw Ridge
Haleigh Foutch View full list
  1. American Honey
  2. La La Land
  3. Elle
  4. 20th Century Women
  5. The Handmaiden
  6. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  7. Green Room
  8. The Invitation
  9. The Witch
  10. Paterson
Matt Goldberg View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. La La Land
  3. 13th
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. The Witch
  6. Hell or High Water
  7. The Nice Guys
  8. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  9. Arrival
  10. Hail, Caesar!
Collider
Aubrey Page View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. La La Land
  3. Elle
  4. The Witch
  5. Toni Erdmann
  6. The Invitation
  7. Certain Women
  8. Silence
  9. No Home Movie
  10. Manchester by the Sea
Consequence of Sound
Staff View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Green Room
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. The Handmaiden
  5. La La Land
  6. Arrival
  7. Krisha
  8. Sing Street
  9. Elle
  10. O.J.: Made in America
William Bibbiani View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. The Handmaiden
  3. Christine
  4. Silence
  5. A Monster Calls
  6. Manchester by the Sea
  7. The Invitation
  8. Paterson
  9. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  10. Southside With You
CraveOnline
Witney Seibold View full list
  1. Arrival
  2. Moonlight
  3. The Handmaiden
  4. The Edge of Seventeen
  5. Love & Friendship
  6. American Honey
  7. The Lobster
  8. Silence
  9. The Invitation
  10. The Witch
CriterionCast
Joshua Brunsting View full list
  1. Neon Bull
  2. The Fits
  3. Moonlight
  4. Paterson
  5. The Other Side
  6. Cameraperson
  7. Right Now, Wrong Then
  8. Neither Heaven Nor Earth
  9. Certain Women
  10. I Am Not Your Negro
The Daily Beast
Jen Yamato View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. American Honey
  3. The Handmaiden
  4. I Am Not Your Negro
  5. La La Land
  6. The Lobster
  7. Green Room
  8. Train to Busan
  9. Lemonade
  10. The Witch
Deadline
Pete Hammond View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Eye in the Sky
  3. Hell or High Water
  4. Hacksaw Ridge
  5. Paterson
  6. Hidden Figures
  7. Captain Fantastic
  8. Moonlight
  9. Sing Street
  10. The Edge of Seventeen
  11. Manchester by the Sea
David Crow View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Jackie
  3. The Witch
  4. Nocturnal Animals
  5. Arrival
  6. Moonlight
  7. The Nice Guys
  8. Love & Friendship
  9. The Edge of Seventeen
  10. Hacksaw Ridge
Den of Geek [USA]
Don Kaye View full list
  1. Hell or High Water
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Moonlight
  4. Arrival
  5. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  6. Captain America: Civil War
  7. I, Daniel Blake
  8. The Witch
  9. Weiner
  10. Patriots Day
Detroit News
Adam Graham View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. The Edge of Seventeen
  3. Moonlight
  4. Krisha
  5. The Neon Demon
  6. Everybody Wants Some!!
  7. The Nice Guys
  8. The Jungle Book
  9. Jackie
  10. Don't Breathe
Empire
Staff View full list
  1. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  2. Arrival
  3. Hell or High Water
  4. Captain America: Civil War
  5. Victoria
  6. The Hateful Eight
  7. Kubo and the Two Strings
  8. The Revenant
  9. Spotlight
  10. Green Room
Entertainment Weekly
Staff View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Moonlight
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. The Lobster
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. The Handmaiden
  7. Midnight Special
  8. Weiner
  9. Sing Street
  10. Captain America: Civil War
Esquire
Nick Schager View full list
  1. O.J.: Made in America
  2. The Lobster
  3. Green Room
  4. Gleason
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. Elle
  7. Arrival
  8. The Fits
  9. Jackie
  10. Moonlight
Film Journal International
Kevin Lally View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Hell or High Water
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. 20th Century Women
  5. Paterson
  6. Jackie
  7. I, Daniel Blake
  8. 13th
  9. I Am Not Your Negro
  10. Zootopia
  11. Little Men
Film School Rejects
Rob Hunter View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. The Handmaiden
  3. Arrival
  4. Green Room
  5. Manchester by the Sea
  6. The Lobster
  7. The Fits
  8. Paterson
  9. Swiss Army Man
  10. Toni Erdmann
The Film Stage
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Elle
  3. Toni Erdmann
  4. La La Land
  5. American Honey
  6. Moonlight
  7. Jackie
  8. O.J.: Made in America
  9. Arrival
  10. Paterson
Filmmaker Magazine
Dan Schoenbrun View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. The Fits
  3. My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
  4. Certain Women
  5. Cameraperson
  6. I Am Not Your Negro
  7. Manchester by the Sea
  8. Contemporary Color
  9. Free in Deed
  10. Lovesong
First Showing
Jeremy Kirk View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. The Handmaiden
  3. High-Rise
  4. Elle
  5. Arrival
  6. Kubo and the Two Strings
  7. 13th
  8. Jackie
  9. Toni Erdmann
  10. The Witch
Flavorwire
Jason Bailey View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Arrival
  3. Loving
  4. La La Land
  5. Sing Street
  6. 20th Century Women
  7. Manchester by the Sea
  8. Hell or High Water
  9. Green Room
  10. The Little Prince
Flood
Staff View full list
  • Arrival
  • Everybody Wants Some!!
  • Ghostbusters
  • Green Room
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • Jackie
  • The Lobster
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight
  • Zootopia
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Cary Darling View full list
  1. Hell or High Water
  2. Moonlight
  3. Weiner
  4. Train to Busan
  5. Jackie
  6. Tower
  7. Fences
  8. La La Land
  9. Manchester by the Sea
  10. Krisha
Fresno Bee
Rick BentleyView full list
  1. Hell or High Water
  2. Moonlight
  3. Captain Fantastic
  4. Loving
  5. Jackie
  6. For the Love of Spock
  7. Fences
  8. Deadpool
  9. The Little Prince
  10. La La Land
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Kate Taylor View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Koneline: Our Land Beautiful
  4. The Pearl Button
  5. The Handmaiden
  6. 20th Century Women
  7. The Apology
  8. The Salesman
  9. Paterson
  10. It's Only the End of the World
Peter Bradshaw View full list
  • American Honey
  • Anomalisa
  • The Childhood of a Leader
  • Divines
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Fire at Sea
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Paterson
  • Son of Saul
The Guardian
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. La La Land
  3. Toni Erdmann
  4. Arrival
  5. Elle
  6. A Bigger Splash
  7. Jackie
  8. Fire at Sea
  9. Love & Friendship
  10. Little Men
  11. The Handmaiden
  12. Weiner
The Hollywood Reporter
Todd McCarthy View full list
  1. O.J.: Made in America
  2. La La Land
  3. 13th
  4. Toni Erdmann
  5. I Am Not Your Negro
  6. Elle
  7. Manchester by the Sea
  8. The Handmaiden
  9. Silence
  10. Hell or High Water
The Hollywood Reporter/Heat Vision
Borys Kit View full list
  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  2. Captain America: Civil War
  3. Arrival
  4. The Eyes of My Mother
  5. Deadpool
  6. Don't Breathe
  7. Kubo and the Two Strings
  8. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  9. The Jungle Book
  10. Zootopia
The Huffington Post
Matthew Jacobs View full list
  1. Jackie
  2. Moonlight
  3. 20th Century Women
  4. Loving
  5. American Honey
  6. Little Men
  7. Manchester by the Sea
  8. The Witch
  9. La La Land
  10. Arrival
David Ehrlich Watch video countdown View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Sunset Song
  3. Jackie
  4. O.J.: Made in America
  5. A Bigger Splash
  6. Kubo and the Two Strings
  7. The Fits
  8. La La Land
  9. The Lobster
  10. The Love Witch
Eric Kohn View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Jackie
  3. Weiner
  4. Everybody Wants Some!!
  5. Creative Control
  6. Cameraperson
  7. Paterson
  8. Swiss Army Man
  9. American Honey
  10. Neruda
Indiewire
Anne Thompson View full list
  1. The Jungle Book
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Toni Erdmann
  4. Moonlight
  5. La La Land
  6. Arrival
  7. Loving
  8. Maggie's Plan
  9. 20th Century Women
  10. Fences
IGN
Staff consensus View full list
  • Arrival
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moana
  • Moonlight
  • The Nice Guys
  • Pete's Dragon
  • The Witch
  • Zootopia
Ioncinema
Nicholas Bell View full list
  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. Elle
  3. O.J.: Made in America
  4. Knight of Cups
  5. Valley of Love
  6. Cosmos
  7. Certain Women
  8. Things to Come
  9. Moonlight
  10. Paterson
The Irish Times
Staff consensus View full list
  1. I, Daniel Blake
  2. Arrival
  3. Paterson
  4. Embrace of the Serpent
  5. Son of Saul
  6. The Witch
  7. The Edge of Seventeen
  8. Mustang
  9. Pete's Dragon
  10. Green Room
Keyframe (Fandor)
David Hudson View full list
  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. Paterson
  3. Certain Women
  4. A Quiet Passion
  5. Things to Come
  6. Elle
  7. Cameraperson
  8. Everybody Wants Some!!
  9. Havarie
  10. Son of Joseph
Bilge Ebiri View full list
  1. The Fits
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. The Handmaiden
  4. Cameraperson
  5. Silence
  6. Fire at Sea
  7. Moonlight
  8. Paterson
  9. Tower
  10. Hell or High Water
LA Weekly
Josh Bell View full list
  1. Hell or High Water
  2. Green Room
  3. Our Little Sister
  4. Kubo and the Two Strings
  5. 20th Century Women
  6. Love & Friendship
  7. The Edge of Seventeen
  8. The Nice Guys
  9. Everybody Wants Some!!
  10. The Handmaiden
Las Vegas Weekly
Lincoln Journal Star
L. Kent Wolgamott View full list
  1. Hell or High Water
  2. Embrace of the Serpent
  3. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  4. La La Land
  5. Moonlight
  6. Hail, Caesar!
  7. The Fits
  8. Arrival
  9. Miles Ahead
  10. Deadpool
Staff View full list
  1. Everybody Wants Some!!
  2. Julieta
  3. Embrace of the Serpent
  4. Paterson
  5. Knight of Cups
  6. Love & Friendship
  7. Sully
  8. Arabian Nights
  9. Midnight Special
  10. Heaven Knows What
Little White Lies
Justin Chang View full list
  1. Silence
  2. Moonlight
  3. Toni Erdmann
  4. O.J.: Made in America
  5. Everybody Wants Some!!
  6. My Golden Days
  7. Paterson
  8. I Am Not Your Negro
  9. Manchester by the Sea
  10. Certain Women
Mark Olsen View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. The Lobster
  3. Silence
  4. Certain Women
  5. Things to Come
  6. Manchester by the Sea
  7. Elle
  8. Christine
  9. O.J.: Made in America
  10. 20th Century Women
Los Angeles Times
Kenneth Turan View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Moonlight
  3. 13th
  4. I Am Not Your Negro
  5. O.J.: Made in America
  6. Loving
  7. Midnight Special
  8. Jackie
  9. Neruda
  10. Arrival
  11. Hail, Caesar!
  12. The Eagle Huntress
  13. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  14. The Red Turtle
  15. A War
  16. My Golden Days
Maclean's
Brian D. Johnson View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Paterson
  3. Toni Erdmann
  4. La La Land
  5. Arrival
  6. Manchester by the Sea
  7. Hell or High Water
  8. Loving
  9. The Handmaiden
  10. Fire at Sea
Metacritic
Marc Doyle (Editor-in-Chief)
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Everybody Wants Some!!
  3. Hell or High Water
  4. Love & Friendship
  5. Moonlight
  6. Midnight Special
  7. Green Room
  8. Miss Sloane
  9. Toni Erdmann
  10. La La Land
Metro UK
Ann Lee View full list
  • American Honey
  • The Big Short
  • A Bigger Splash
  • Deadpool
  • Finding Dory
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Love & Friendship
  • Mustang
  • The Nice Guys
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Sing Street
  • Spotlight
Metro US
Matt Prigge View full list
  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Everybody Wants Some!!
  4. Elle
  5. Paterson
  6. Silence
  7. Certain Women
  8. The Nice Guys
  9. Moonlight
  10. O.J.: Made in America
Connie Ogle View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. 20th Century Women
  4. Train to Busan
  5. Love & Friendship
  6. The Handmaiden
  7. Kubo and the Two Strings
  8. Sing Street
  9. Fences
  10. Hell or High Water
Miami Herald
Rene Rodriguez View full list
  1. Silence
  2. La La Land
  3. Moonlight
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Everybody Wants Some!!
  6. Paterson
  7. The Lobster
  8. The Neon Demon
  9. A Bigger Splash
  10. Knight of Cups
Monkeys Fighting Robots
Dewey Singleton View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. La La Land
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Arrival
  5. Fences
  6. Hell or High Water
  7. The Edge of Seventeen
  8. Captain Fantastic
  9. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  10. Nocturnal Animals
Movie Mezzanine
Staff View full list
  1. Paterson
  2. Cameraperson
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Moonlight
  5. Certain Women
  6. Elle
  7. Toni Erdmann
  8. O.J.: Made in America
  9. The Handmaiden
  10. Happy Hour
Movie Nation
Roger Moore View full list
  1. Loving
  2. Hell or High Water
  3. Kubo and the Two Strings
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Arrival
  6. Moana
  7. Moonlight
  8. Lion
  9. Doctor Strange
  10. Anthropoid
MTV
Amy Nicholson View full list
  1. The Lobster
  2. O.J.: Made in America
  3. The Handmaiden
  4. Barry
  5. Sausage Party
  6. Divines
  7. Tickled
  8. Moonlight
  9. A Bigger Splash
  10. Swiss Army Man
Nerdist
Staff View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Moonlight
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Nocturnal Animals
  5. Deadpool
  6. Jackie
  7. Weiner
  8. The Witch
  9. The Edge of Seventeen
  10. Arrival
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Mike Scott View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Moonlight
  3. Gleason
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Jackie
  6. Captain Fantastic
  7. Arrival
  8. Deadpool
  9. Zootopia
  10. Hell or High Water
Will Leitch View full list
  1. O.J.: Made in America
  2. Moonlight
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. La La Land
  5. Paterson
  6. Everybody Wants Some!!
  7. The Lobster
  8. Jackie
  9. Midnight Special
  10. Louder Than Bombs
New Republic
Rex Reed View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Hell or High Water
  3. Hacksaw Ridge
  4. The Light Between Oceans
  5. Lion
  6. Fences
  7. Captain Fantastic
  8. Jackie
  9. Denial
  10. La La Land
New York Observer
Kyle Smith View full list
  1. Arrival
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Patriots Day
  4. Deepwater Horizon
  5. The Birth of a Nation
  6. De Palma
  7. Pete's Dragon
  8. Zootopia
  9. Doctor Strange
  10. Weiner
New York Post
Sara Stewart View full list
  1. 20th Century Women
  2. Arrival
  3. The Witch
  4. Hidden Figures
  5. Manchester by the Sea
  6. Weiner
  7. Moonlight
  8. The Lobster
  9. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  10. American Honey
Manohla Dargis View full list
  1. No Home Movie
  2. Toni Erdmann
  3. Moonlight
  4. O.J.: Made in America
  5. My Golden Days
  6. I Am Not Your Negro
  7. Arrival
  8. The Handmaiden
  9. 13th
  10. From the Notebook of …
Stephen Holden View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. O.J.: Made in America
  3. American Honey
  4. Embrace of the Serpent
  5. Manchester by the Sea
  6. Neon Bull
  7. Fire at Sea
  8. Elle
  9. Aquarius
  • tie for 10th place scored at one-half point each:
  • 13th
  • 20th Century Women
  • The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years
  • Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
  • Chronic
  • Fireworks Wednesday
  • Krisha
  • Paterson
  • Sunset Song
  • Things to Come
  • Wiener-Dog
A. O. Scott View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. O.J.: Made in America
  3. Toni Erdmann
  4. Cameraperson
  5. Aferim!
  6. American Honey
  7. Aquarius
  8. Sausage Party
  9. A Bigger Splash
  10. Elle
  11. Things to Come
The New York Times
The New Yorker
Richard Brody View full list
  1. Little Sister
  2. Moonlight
  3. Sully
  4. Viktoria
  5. Love & Friendship
  6. Men Go to Battle
  7. Wiener-Dog
  8. Kate Plays Christine
  9. Happy Hour
  10. Knight of Cups
Newsday
Rafer Guzman View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Toni Erdmann
  3. Florence Foster Jenkins
  4. Weiner
  5. Christine
  6. Manchester by the Sea
  7. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  8. Indignation
  9. The Edge of Seventeen
  10. Allied
Newsweek
Staff View full list
  • Allied
  • Arrival
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Christine
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hello, My Name Is Doris
  • Jackie
  • Julieta
  • The Lobster
  • Love & Friendship
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight
  • Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Other People
  • Sing Street
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Weiner
  • The Witch
Susan G. Cole View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Koneline: Our Land Beautiful
  4. Moonlight
  5. 20th Century Women
  6. Maggie's Plan
  7. Chi-raq
  8. Angry Inuk
  9. A Bigger Splash
  10. Paterson
Glenn Sumi View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Moonlight
  3. Arrival
  4. Cameraperson
  5. Life, Animated
  6. Finding Dory
  7. Paterson
  8. Fire at Sea
  9. Toni Erdmann
  10. Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
NOW Magazine (Toronto)
Norman Wilner View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Paterson
  3. Cameraperson
  4. Toni Erdmann
  5. La La Land
  6. Arrival
  7. Pete's Dragon
  8. The Wailing
  9. Do Not Resist
  10. Midnight Special
NPR
Bob Mondello View full list
  1. Moonlight
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • 13th
  • Deadpool
  • Fences
  • Hell or High Water
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • La La Land
  • Little Men
  • Lion
  • The Lobster
  • Loving
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Marguerite
  • The Red Turtle
  • The Salesman
  • Toni Erdmann
NYLON
Ben Barna View full list
  1. Jackie
  2. 20th Century Women
  3. La La Land
  4. Zootopia
  5. Moonlight
  6. Nocturnal Animals
  7. American Honey
  8. Arrival
  9. Elle
  10. Manchester by the Sea
The Observer
Mark Kermode View full list
  1. Under the Shadow
  2. Notes on Blindness
  3. Embrace of the Serpent
  4. Son of Saul
  5. 13th
  6. Room
  7. Julieta
  8. I, Daniel Blake
  9. Your Name
  10. Things to Come
  11. A United Kingdom
Omaha World-Herald
Micah Mertes View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Arrival
  4. Moonlight
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. Everybody Wants Some!!
  7. O.J.: Made in America
  8. American Honey
  9. The Handmaiden
  10. Sully
The Oregonian
Marc Mohan View full list
  • American Honey
  • April and the Extraordinary World
  • Arrival
  • Cameraperson
  • Certain Women
  • The Fits
  • The Handmaiden
  • The Lobster
  • The Nice Guys
  • Sing Street
Paper
Dennis Dermody View full list
  1. Nocturnal Animals
  2. Elle
  3. Krisha
  4. Like Cattle Towards Glow
  5. Paterson
  6. The Neon Demon
  7. Tickled
  8. Moonlight
  9. Wiener-Dog
  10. The Handmaiden
Sean Axmaker View full list
  1. Elle
  2. Cemetery of Splendor
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Hell or High Water
  5. Sully
  6. The Handmaiden
  7. Neruda
  8. Paterson
  9. American Honey
  10. Our Little Sister
Sheila Benson View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Paterson
  3. Toni Erdmann
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. I, Daniel Blake
  6. Elle
  7. Loving
  8. The Handmaiden
  9. A Bigger Splash
  10. Aferim!
David Coursen View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Mountains May Depart
  3. No Home Movie
  4. Moonlight
  5. The President
  6. Sieranevada
  7. Behemoth
  8. Little Men
  9. Remember
  10. Sully
John Hartl View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Indignation
  4. 13th
  5. Captain Fantastic
  6. The Lobster
  7. Hell or High Water
  8. A Man Called Ove
  9. The Innocents
  10. La La Land
Richard T. Jameson View full list
  • American Honey
  • Aquarius
  • Arrival
  • Cemetery of Splendor
  • Elle
  • Green Room
  • Hell or High Water
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Paterson
  • Sully
  • Things to Come
Jay Kuehner View full list
  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. Cemetery of Splendor
  3. Aquarius
  4. Kate Plays Christine
  5. Neon Bull
  6. Happy Hour
  7. Right Now, Wrong Then
  8. Homeland: Iraq Year Zero
  9. Certain Women
  10. Moonlight
Parallax View
Paste
Staff View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. American Honey
  3. The Other Side
  4. La La Land
  5. Manchester by the Sea
  6. Loving
  7. One More Time With Feeling
  8. Paterson
  9. Certain Women
  10. The Lobster
People
Tom Gliatto View full list
  1. Sully
  2. Doctor Strange
  3. Arrival
  4. La La Land
  5. Moana
  6. Jackie
  7. Hacksaw Ridge
  8. Love & Friendship
  9. Manchester by the Sea
  10. Moonlight
Philadelphia Inquirer
Steven Rea View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • A Bigger Splash
  • Hell or High Water
  • The Lobster
  • Loving
  • Maggie's Plan
  • Moonlight
  • Paterson
  • Sing Street
  • Sully
Jessica Kiang View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Things to Come
  3. O.J.: Made in America
  4. Arrival
  5. Jackie
  6. One More Time With Feeling
  7. Toni Erdmann
  8. Sieranevada
  9. The Age of Shadows
  10. Neruda
Oktay Ege Kozak View full list
  1. Arrival
  2. Moonlight
  3. Pete's Dragon
  4. Midnight Special
  5. The Lobster
  6. Jackie
  7. I Am Not Your Negro
  8. Tower
  9. Glassland
  10. The Witch
Oliver Lyttelton View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Kubo and the Two Strings
  3. Raw
  4. Embrace of the Serpent
  5. 20th Century Women
  6. The Wailing
  7. Things to Come
  8. Arrival
  9. Manchester by the Sea
  10. The Levelling
Kimber Myers View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Arrival
  3. The Lobster
  4. La La Land
  5. 20th Century Women
  6. Hell or High Water
  7. Maggie's Plan
  8. Toni Erdmann
  9. Always Shine
  10. Sing Street
Ryan Oliver View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. The Witch
  3. Moonlight
  4. The Handmaiden
  5. Everybody Wants Some!!
  6. The Lobster
  7. American Honey
  8. Hail, Caesar!
  9. Midnight Special
  10. Kicks
The Playlist
Katie Walsh View full list
  1. 20th Century Women
  2. Moonlight
  3. American Honey
  4. Hell or High Water
  5. Cameraperson
  6. The Love Witch
  7. A Bigger Splash
  8. Jackie
  9. Toni Erdmann
  10. Paterson
Gregory Ellwood View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Toni Erdmann
  3. Jackie
  4. Hell or High Water
  5. Elle
  6. Personal Shopper
  7. The Red Turtle
  8. La La Land
  9. It’s Not The Time Of My Life
  10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  11. Sing Street
The Playlist/Awards Campaign
PopSugar
Ryan Roschke View full list
  1. Deadpool
  2. La La Land
  3. Moonlight
  4. Lion
  5. Nocturnal Animals
  6. Jackie
  7. A Monster Calls
  8. Captain America: Civil War
  9. Sing Street
  10. Manchester by the Sea
RedEye Chicago
Lauren Chval View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Moonlight
  3. Everybody Wants Some!!
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. The Edge of Seventeen
  6. Sing Street
  7. Don't Think Twice
  8. Arrival
  9. Fences
  10. The Nice Guys
ReelViews
James Berardinelli View full list
  1. Arrival
  2. La La Land
  3. The Handmaiden
  4. Eye in the Sky
  5. Manchester by the Sea
  6. Deadpool
  7. The Edge of Seventeen
  8. Fences
  9. Moonlight
  10. A Monster Calls
Reverse Shot
Staff View full list
  1. No Home Movie
  2. Toni Erdmann
  3. Cemetery of Splendor
  4. Cameraperson
  5. Aquarius
  6. Moonlight
  7. Right Now, Wrong Then
  8. Sunset Song
  9. Silence
  10. Certain Women
  11. Knight of Cups
  12. The Illinois Parables
The Ringer
K. Austin Collins View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. O.J.: Made in America
  3. Sully
  4. Cemetery of Splendor
  5. Silence
  6. Love & Friendship
  7. Manchester by the Sea
  8. The Love Witch
  9. Everybody Wants Some!!
  10. Cameraperson
Simon Abrams View full list
  1. April and the Extraordinary World
  2. Elle
  3. The Love Witch
  4. Love & Friendship
  5. Evolution
  6. Cosmos
  7. Louder Than Bombs
  8. Hail, Caesar!
  9. My Golden Days
  10. Embrace of the Serpent
Nick Allen View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Cameraperson
  3. Pervert Park
  4. Masterminds
  5. Blood on the Mountain
  6. Off the Rails
  7. Moonlight
  8. Southside With You
  9. Sausage Party
  10. Julieta
Danny Bowes View full list
  1. The Handmaiden
  2. Elle
  3. Moonlight
  4. Love & Friendship
  5. I Am Not Your Negro
  6. 13th
  7. Toni Erdmann
  8. The Love Witch
  9. Paterson
  10. Manchester by the Sea
Dan Callahan View full list
  1. Cosmos
  2. The Handmaiden
  3. Krisha
  4. Moonlight
  5. Hacksaw Ridge
  6. Tickled
  7. The Witch
  8. Fences
  9. La La Land
  10. King Cobra
Godfrey Cheshire View full list
  1. 13th
  2. Zero Days
  3. Love & Friendship
  4. Cemetery of Splendour
  5. I, Daniel Blake
  6. Little Men
  7. I Am Not Your Negro
  8. Indignation
  9. A Monster With a Thousand Heads
  10. Nocturnal Animals
Seongyong Cho View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Elle
  3. Little Men
  4. Things to Come
  5. After the Storm
  6. Loving
  7. Sing Street
  8. The Witch
  9. Krisha
  10. A War
Mark Dujsik View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Jackie
  3. Moonlight
  4. Sing Street
  5. Gleason
  6. Green Room
  7. Krisha
  8. Hell or High Water
  9. Tower
  10. The Handmaiden
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  5. Right Now, Wrong Then
  6. Certain Women
  7. Elle
  8. Things to Come
  9. I Am Not Your Negro
  10. The Mermaid
Matt Fagerholm View full list
  1. Sonita
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  5. I, Daniel Blake
  6. Moonlight
  7. The Lobster
  8. A War
  9. Manchester by the Sea
  10. Newtown
Noah Gittell View full list
  1. Arrival
  2. Moonlight
  3. La La Land
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  6. Sunset Song
  7. American Honey
  8. Cameraperson
  9. Everybody Wants Some!!
  10. Men and Chicken
Tina Hassannia View full list
  1. Toni Erdmann
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  6. Elle
  7. The Edge of Seventeen
  8. Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids
  9. La La Land
  10. Cameraperson
Odie Henderson View full list
  1. Fences
  2. Paterson
  3. I, Daniel Blake
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  5. The Jungle Book
  6. Southside With You
  7. I Am Not Your Negro
  8. Hidden Figures
  9. Moonlight
  10. Everybody Wants Some!!
Ben Kenigsberg View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Toni Erdmann
  3. O.J.: Made in America
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  5. Elle
  6. Hell or High Water
  7. Everyboday Wants Some!!
  8. Kate Plays Christine
  9. The Other Side
  10. Hogtown
Glenn Kenny View full list
  1. Cosmos
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  3. Paterson
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  6. Moonlight
  7. The Fits
  8. Things to Come
  9. Hail, Caesar!
  10. Evolution
  11. Baden Baden
Christy Lemire View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Moonlight
  3. Nocturnal Animals
  4. The Lobster
  5. 13th
  6. The Handmaiden
  7. Hell or High Water
  8. Kubo and the Two Strings
  9. Sing Street
  10. Everybody Wants Some!!
Craig Lindsey View full list
  • Aquarius
  • Fences
  • Hell or High Water
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • La La Land
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight
  • The Nice Guys
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • Paterson
Patrick McGavin View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. La La Land
  4. My Golden Days
  5. Silence
  6. Toni Erdmann
  7. Jackie
  8. Elle
  9. Paterson
  10. Right Now, Wrong Then
Jana Monji View full list
  1. Arrival
  2. The Eagle Huntress
  3. Hidden Figures
  4. Fences
  5. La La Land
  6. Land of Mine
  7. Moonlight
  8. A Monster Calls
  9. O.J.: Made in America
  10. 13th
  11. Zootopia
Sean Mulvihill View full list
  1. Silence
  2. The Handmaiden
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Paterson
  5. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  6. The Nice Guys
  7. Green Room
  8. Hail, Caesar!
  9. 20th Century Women
  10. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Nell Minow View full list
  1. Fences
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • 13th
  • Everybody Wants Some!!
  • Hell or High Water
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • La La Land
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight
  • Sing Street
  • Zootopia
Christina Newland View full list
  1. Mustang
  2. Chi-raq
  3. Creed
  4. La La Land
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. Loving
  7. Paterson
  8. Son of Saul
  9. Lemonade
  10. No Home Movie
Sheila O'Malley View full list
  1. The Fits
  2. Moonlight
  3. Elle
  4. Paterson
  5. O.J.: Made in America
  6. No Home Movie
  7. The Love Witch
  8. Cemetery of Splendour
  9. Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids
  10. Under the Shadow
Michael Oleszczyk View full list
  1. Aferim!
  2. Knight of Cups
  3. A Bigger Splash
  4. Mountains May Depart
  5. The Handmaiden
  6. Hacksaw Ridge
  7. Cosmos
  8. Hardcore Henry
  9. Moonlight
  10. 10 Cloverfield Lane
Jacob Oller View full list
  1. The Handmaiden
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Kubo and the Two Strings
  4. 20th Century Women
  5. Green Room
  6. Everybody Wants Some!!
  7. The Lobster
  8. La La Land
  9. Arrival
  10. 10 Cloverfield Lane
Niles Schwartz View full list
  1. Certain Women
  2. Toni Erdmann
  3. Knight of Cups
  4. Love & Friendship
  5. Hail, Caesar!
  6. Moonlight
  7. Café Society
  8. Rules Don't Apply
  9. O.J.: Made in America
  10. Manchester by the Sea
  11. The Mermaid
Matt Zoller Seitz View full list
  1. Cameraperson
  2. Lemonade
  3. Moonlight
  4. Paterson
  5. Manchester by the Sea
  6. Fences
  7. The Handmaiden
  8. The Jungle Book
  9. Knight of Cups
  10. Sunset Song
Michael Snydel View full list
  1. Elle
  2. O.J.: Made in America
  3. Love & Friendship
  4. Right Now, Wrong Then
  5. 20th Century Women
  6. Toni Erdmann
  7. Cameraperson
  8. Krisha
  9. Lemonade
  10. Certain Women
Peter Sobczynski View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Elle
  3. De Palma
  4. Knight of Cups
  5. Love & Friendship
  6. The Handmaiden
  7. Certain Women
  8. Rules Don't Apply
  9. The Shallows
  10. Silence
Collin Souter View full list
  1. Arrival
  2. Moonlight
  3. A Monster Calls
  4. Kubo and the Two Strings
  5. La La Land
  6. Cameraperson
  7. Sing Street
  8. Certain Women
  9. O.J.: Made in America
  10. The Red Turtle
Bill Stamets View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Jackie
  3. Arrival
  4. The Lobster
  5. American Honey
  6. Manchester by the Sea
  7. Midnight Special
  8. Paterson
  9. Aferim!
  10. Elle
Scout Tafoya View full list
  1. Certain Women
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. The Lost City of Z
  4. Silence
  5. Neruda
  6. Knight of Cups
  7. And Nothing Happened
  8. Cameraperson
  9. Kate Plays Christine
  10. Cosmos
  11. The Alchemist Cookbook
Brian Tallerico View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Paterson
  4. O.J.: Made in America
  5. Silence
  6. Jackie
  7. The Handmaiden
  8. Cameraperson
  9. American Honey
  10. Midnight Special
Susan Wloszczyna View full list
  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. Zootopia
  3. Hell or High Water
  4. La La Land
  5. Florence Foster Jenkins
  6. Sing Street
  7. A Bigger Splash
  8. Moonlight
  9. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years
  10. O.J.: Made in America
Alan Zilberman View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. I Am Not Your Negro
  3. The Witch
  4. La La Land
  5. Green Room
  6. Manchester by the Sea
  7. Arrival
  8. The Handmaiden
  9. The Fits
  10. Toni Erdmann
RogerEbert.com
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Moonlight
  4. Fences
  5. Silence
  6. Jackie
  7. Sully
  8. Loving
  9. Hell or High Water
  10. The Birth of a Nation
Salon
Gary Kramer View full list
  • A Bigger Splash
  • Christine
  • Les Cowboys
  • Eisenstein in Guanajuato
  • Everybody Wants Some!!
  • The Fits
  • Lamb
  • A Monster with a Thousand Heads
  • Moonlight
  • Presenting Princess Shaw
  • Toni Erdmann
  • White Girl
MaryAnn Johanson View full list
  1. Arrival
  2. La La Land
  3. A Monster Calls
  4. The Lobster
  5. Zootopia
  6. A Bigger Splash
  7. Miss Sloane
  8. London Road
  9. I, Daniel Blake
  10. Hidden Figures
Scott Renshaw View full list
  1. Cameraperson
  2. Paterson
  3. The Handmaiden
  4. The Witch
  5. Weiner
  6. Toni Erdmann
  7. La La Land
  8. Krisha
  9. Kubo and the Two Strings
  10. Moonlight
Eric D. Snider View full list
  1. Arrival
  2. Moonlight
  3. La La Land
  4. Green Room
  5. Sing Street
  6. The Witch
  7. Pete's Dragon
  8. Manchester by the Sea
  9. The Nice Guys
  10. 10 Cloverfield Lane
Andrew Wright View full list
  1. Paths of the Soul
  2. The Fits
  3. Shin Godzilla
  4. Elle
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. Green Room
  7. The Witch
  8. Tower
  9. Manchester by the Sea
  10. Arrival
Salt Lake City Weekly
The Salt Lake Tribune
Sean P. Means View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. La La Land
  3. Krisha
  4. Kubo and the Two Strings
  5. Weiner
  6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  7. The Birth of a Nation
  8. Ghostbusters
  9. Arrival
  10. The Handmaiden
San Antonio Current
Kiko Martinez View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Lion
  3. Gleason
  4. Hell or High Water
  5. La La Land
  6. Moonlight
  7. The Lobster
  8. The Witch
  9. Christine
  10. Kubo and the Two Strings
Walter Addiego View full list
  • Elle
  • Fire at Sea
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • The Handmaiden
  • Hell or High Water
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Silence
  • Tale of Tales
  • Toni Erdmann
Peter Hartlaub View full list
  1. Hell or High Water
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Moonlight
  4. Arrival
  5. The Witch
  6. Weiner
  7. I Am Not Your Negro
  8. The Jungle Book
  9. La La Land
  10. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Leba Hertz View full list
  • Arrival
  • Deadpool
  • De Palma
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Loving
  • Miles Ahead
  • Moonlight
  • Sully
San Francisco Chronicle
Mick LaSalle View full list
  1. Knight of Cups
  2. Hacksaw Ridge
  3. La La Land
  4. Fences
  5. Elle
  6. Manchester by the Sea
  7. Moonlight
  8. The Girl on the Train
  9. Arrival
  10. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Jeffrey M. Anderson View full list
  1. Cemetery of Splendor
  2. Paterson
  3. Arrival
  4. Sully
  5. Moonlight
  6. Everybody Wants Some!!
  7. Certain Women
  8. Silence
  9. O.J.: Made in America
  10. Loving
Anita Katz View full list
  1. I Am Not Your Negro
  2. The Salesman
  3. Toni Erdmann
  4. Jackie
  5. Moonlight
  6. 13th
  7. The Club
  8. O.J.: Made in America
  9. Manchester by the Sea
  10. Don't Think Twice
San Francisco Examiner
Randy Myers View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Embrace of the Serpent
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. La La Land
  5. Sing Street
  6. The Handmaiden
  7. Hell or High Water
  8. The Witch
  9. Arrival
  10. Kubo and the Two Strings
San Jose Mercury News
Staff View full list
  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. Elle
  3. The Wailing
  4. Moonlight
  5. Arrival
  6. The Handmaiden
  7. American Honey
  8. O.J.: Made in America
  9. The Nice Guys
  10. The Neon Demon
ScreenAnarchy
Matt Singer View full list
  1. O.J.: Made in America
  2. Toni Erdmann
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Moonlight
  5. Sing Street
  6. La La Land
  7. Krisha
  8. The Handmaiden
  9. Demon
  10. Hail, Caesar!
ScreenCrush
Erin Whitney View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. The Lobster
  3. Jackie
  4. Krisha
  5. The Handmaiden
  6. Manchester by the Sea
  7. Cameraperson
  8. Elle
  9. La La Land
  10. 20th Century Women
Dan Fainaru View full list
  1. Sieranevada
  2. I Am Not Madame Bovary
  3. Paterson
  4. Graduation
  5. Hell or High Water
Charles Gant View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. La La Land
  3. 20th Century Women
  4. Nocturnal Animals
  5. Little Men
Tim Grierson View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. American Honey
  3. Paterson
  4. Certain Women
  5. La La Land
Fionnuala Halligan View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Elle
  4. American Honey
  5. Toni Erdmann
Allan Hunter View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. La La Land
  4. Toni Erdmann
  5. Hell or High Water
Wendy Ide View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Your Name
  3. Neruda
  4. Things to Come
  5. Homo Sapiens
Lee Marshall View full list
  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. Elle
  3. Frantz
  4. Jackie
  5. Aquarius
Lisa Nesselson View full list
  1. Elle
  2. Nocturama
  3. Sully
  4. Elvis & Nixon
  5. I, Olga Hepnarova
Jonathan Romney View full list
  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. Scarred Hearts
  3. The Death Of Louis XIV
  4. The Woman Who Left
  5. Midnight Special
Sarah Ward View full list
  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. Things to Come
  3. Jackie
  4. La La Land
  5. American Honey
Screen Daily
Seattle Times
Moira Macdonald View full list
  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • The Handmaiden
  • Hell or High Water
  • The Innocents
  • La La Land
  • Loving
  • Maggie's Plan
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight
Seattle Weekly
Robert Horton View full list
  1. Aquarius
  2. Our Little Sister
  3. The Fits
  4. Cemetery of Splendour
  5. Things to Come
  6. Everybody Wants Some!!
  7. Sully
  8. Paterson
  9. Green Room
  10. Aferim!
SF Weekly
Sherilyn Connelly View full list
  1. Lemonade
  2. The Neon Demon
  3. The Incident
  4. Ghostbusters
  5. Tikkun
  6. April and the Extraordinary World
  7. Approaching the Unknown
  8. The Fits
  9. Eisenstein in Guanajuato
  10. The Witness
Showbiz411
Roger Friedman View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Silence
  3. La La Land
  4. Lion
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. Fences
  7. 20th Century Women
  8. Moonlight
  9. Florence Foster Jenkins
  10. Sully
Sioux City Journal
Bruce R. Miller View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Moonlight
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Captain Fantastic
  5. The Lobster
  6. Jackie
  7. Arrival
  8. Hell or High Water
  9. Deadpool
  10. Kubo and the Two Strings
Slant
Staff View full list
  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. O.J.: Made in America
  3. Happy Hour
  4. Cemetery of Splendor
  5. Elle
  6. Paterson
  7. Moonlight
  8. Cameraperson
  9. Manchester by the Sea
  10. The Treasure
Ethan Anderton View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Moonlight
  3. Sing Street
  4. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  5. Arrival
  6. Don't Think Twice
  7. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  8. The Edge of Seventeen
  9. Indignation
  10. Life, Animated
David Chen View full list
  1. The Handmaiden
  2. O.J.: Made in America
  3. Moonlight
  4. Tickled
  5. Weiner
  6. Swiss Army Man
  7. Tower
  8. Green Room
  9. Moana
  10. Christine
Jack Giroux View full list
  1. 20th Century Women
  2. The Lobster
  3. Arrival
  4. La La Land
  5. Manchester by the Sea
  6. Little Sister
  7. Everybody Wants Some!!
  8. The Invitation
  9. Jackie
  10. Hell or High Water
Jacob Hall View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. La La Land
  3. O.J.: Made in America
  4. Arrival
  5. The Witch
  6. Kubo and the Two Strings
  7. Manchester by the Sea
  8. Green Room
  9. Sing Street
  10. Jackie
Slashfilm
Angie Han View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. The Handmaiden
  3. Love & Friendship
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  6. Moana
  7. Arrival
  8. Paterson
  9. The Lobster
  10. Zootopia
Slate
Dana Stevens View full list
  • Certain Women
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • Krisha
  • La La Land
  • Love & Friendship
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight
  • Neruda
  • Notfilm
  • Toni Erdmann
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Calvin Wilson View full list
  1. Arrival
  2. Doctor Strange
  3. Elle
  4. Hell or High Water
  5. Jackie
  6. La La Land
  7. Loving
  8. Manchester by the Sea
  9. Moonlight
  10. Sing Street
The Star-Ledger/NJ.com
Stephen Whitty View full list
  • A Bigger Splash
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Hell or High Water
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • Jackie
  • La La Land
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight
  • Silence
  • 20th Century Women
Tampa Bay Times
Steve Persall View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Hell or High Water
  3. La La Land
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. American Honey
  6. The Witch
  7. O.J.: Made in America
  8. Sing Street
  9. Arrival
  10. The Lobster
The Telegraph
Robbie Collin View full list
  1. The Assassin
  2. American Honey
  3. Your Name
  4. Arrival
  5. The Neon Demon
  6. The Hateful Eight
  7. Paterson
  8. The Witch
  9. Everybody Wants Some!!
  10. Julieta
These Violent Delights
Tom Shone View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Loving
  4. Arrival
  5. Love & Friendship
  6. Weiner
  7. Midnight Special
  8. A Bigger Splash
  9. Moonlight
  10. 20th Century Women
Thrillist
Matt Patches View full list
  1. Wiener-Dog
  2. Moonlight
  3. Everybody Wants Some!!
  4. The Lobster
  5. Jackie
  6. Mountains May Depart
  7. Krisha
  8. Sing Street
  9. Weiner
  10. Paterson
Time
Stephanie Zacharek View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Paterson
  3. Loving
  4. Elle
  5. Silence
  6. Manchester by the Sea
  7. Tower
  8. La La Land
  9. Everybody Wants Some!!
  10. The Shallows
Time Out London
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Son of Saul
  2. Spotlight
  3. American Honey
  4. Mustang
  5. I, Daniel Blake
  6. The Nice Guys
  7. Embrace of the Serpent
  8. Anomalisa
  9. A Bigger Splash
  10. Love & Friendship
TimeOut New York
Joshua Rothkopf View full list
  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. Silence
  3. La La Land
  4. Everybody Wants Some!!
  5. Toni Erdmann
  6. Jackie
  7. Moonlight
  8. De Palma
  9. A Bigger Splash
  10. The Eyes of My Mother
Toronto Star
Peter Howell View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. La La Land
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Arrival
  5. Jackie
  6. Toni Erdmann
  7. Paterson
  8. Hell or High Water
  9. Operation Avalanche
  10. Love & Friendship
Total Film/GamesRadar+
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  2. Deadpool
  3. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  4. Captain America: Civil War
  5. Arrival
  6. Assassin's Creed
  7. Kubo and the Two Strings
  8. The Witch
  9. Doctor Strange
  10. Star Trek Beyond
Tulsa World
Michael Smith View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Jackie
  3. Moonlight
  4. Deadpool
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. Love & Friendship
  7. Zootopia
  8. The Accountant
  9. The Nice Guys
  10. Equity
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Staff
  1. Nocturnal Animals
  2. The Revenant
  3. Son of Saul
  4. The Big Short
  5. Spotlight
  6. A Bigger Splash
  7. Paterson
  8. I, Daniel Blake
  9. Julieta
  10. Mustang
Vince Mancini View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Zootopia
  3. Toni Erdmann
  4. Don't Think Twice
  5. American Honey
  6. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  7. Weiner
  8. I Am Not Your Negro
  9. Moonlight
  10. Green Room
Keith Phipps View full list
  1. Moonlight
  2. Paterson
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Jackie
  5. Arrival
  6. La La Land
  7. Silence
  8. Toni Erdmann
  9. Little Men
  10. Certain Women
Uproxx
Mike Ryan View full list
  1. O.J.: Made in America
  2. La La Land
  3. Moonlight
  4. 20th Century Women
  5. Everybody Wants Some!!
  6. Sing Street
  7. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  8. Captain America: Civil War
  9. Hidden Figures
  10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Us Weekly
Mara Reinstein View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Arrival
  4. Moonlight
  5. Patriots Day
  6. O.J.: Made in America
  7. Zootopia
  8. Hell or High Water
  9. Nocturnal Animals
  10. Bad Moms
USA Today
Brian Truitt View full list
  1. Arrival
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Everybody Wants Some!!
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moana
  • Moonlight
  • Sing Street
  • The Witch
Vancouver Observer
Volkmar Richter View full list
  • Eye in the Sky
  • Hell or High Water
  • The Innocents
  • La La Land
  • Love & Friendship
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight
  • Mountains May Depart
  • The Witness
  • Zootopia
Vancouver Sun
Chris Knight View full list
  1. Arrival
  2. Paterson
  3. Toni Erdmann
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. La La Land
  6. Love & Friendship
  7. Hell or High Water
  8. Moana
  9. Operation Avalanche
  10. Old Stone
Vanity Fair
Richard Lawson View full list
  1. The Meddler
  2. Moonlight
  3. Fire at Sea
  4. Things to Come
  5. American Honey
  6. Manchester by the Sea
  7. Jackie
  8. The Edge of Seventeen
  9. Mountains May Depart
  10. The Lobster
Peter Debruge View full list
  1. Hell or High Water
  2. Moonlight
  3. Miles Ahead
  4. Toni Erdmann
  5. Christine
  6. Elle
  7. Fences
  8. La La Land
  9. Your Name
  10. Paterson
Variety
Owen Gleiberman View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. Hell or High Water
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. I Am Not Your Negro
  5. Jackie
  6. Sully
  7. Don't Think Twice
  8. Snowden
  9. Deadpool
  10. Patriots Day
The Verge
Tasha Robinson View full list
  1. La La Land
  2. The Handmaiden
  3. American Honey
  4. The Lobster
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. Moana
  7. The Witch
  8. Queen of Katwe
  9. Moonlight
  10. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Vogue
John Powers View full list
  1. Toni Erdmann
  2. O.J.: Made in America
  3. Moonlight
  4. 20th Century Women
  5. La La Land
  6. The Handmaiden
  7. I Am Not Your Negro
  8. A Bigger Splash
  9. Arrival
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  6. La La Land
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  8. Krisha
  9. Newtown
  10. Hell or High Water
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  1. Moonlight
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  3. Hell or High Water
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  5. O.J.: Made in America
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  6. Fences
  7. Manchester by the Sea
  8. Moonlight
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  10. Gleason
Wired
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  1. Moonlight
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  3. 20th Century Women
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  5. The Invitation
  6. Green Room
  7. 13th
  8. Arrival
  9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  10. Jackie
TheWrap
Alonso Duralde View full list
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  2. Take Me to the River
  3. La La Land
  4. The Lobster
  5. Love & Friendship
  6. The Handmaiden
  7. Julieta
  8. Certain Women
  9. Things to Come
  10. Queen of Katwe
Yahoo! Movies
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  1. Moonlight
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. La La Land
  4. Hell or High Water
  5. Zootopia
  6. Arrival
  7. O.J.: Made in America
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  9. Weiner
  10. Moana

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Comments (4)

  • bbandrade  

    It's missing Reverse Shot's list: http://reverseshot.org/features/2292/best_of_2016

  • Christopher_G2  

    In most years the vast majority of the best movies are independent films, foreign films, or documentaries, and that was especially true in 2016. Lot's of interesting stuff though that I look I look forward to seeing

  • txa  

    Yep. Artsy-Fartsy, PC Chic Flicks. I wonder if all these critics get together in one theater to smell each other's rose scented farts.

  • LamontRaymond  

    Are these critic serious with Jackie? Very, very weak film. Almost seemed like an extended SNL skit.

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