Eat your heart out.EXPAND
Eat your heart out.
Courtesy of IFC Films

Best Movies of 2016: Every Film Approved by Our Critics This Year

Everyone — including us — has a top-10 list of 2016’s best films. But maybe you’ve seen all those movies (or all the ones you intend to). Maybe you’re looking for less predictable or more comprehensive suggestions. If those lists leave you hanging, the list below — the 150-plus films that were favorably reviewed by our critics this year — should keep you occupied at least until the top-10 lists of 2017 come around.

In the Shadow of Women: Few filmmakers explore the mysteries of coupledom as touchingly as post–Nouvelle Vague maestro Philippe Garrel.EXPAND
In the Shadow of Women: Few filmmakers explore the mysteries of coupledom as touchingly as post–Nouvelle Vague maestro Philippe Garrel.
Courtesy of Distrib Films

January

In the Shadow of Women

Rams
Sweaty Betty
The Treasure

You'll never guess what the white dude intends to do to this Edenic landscape.EXPAND
You'll never guess what the white dude intends to do to this Edenic landscape.
Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories

February

Embrace of the Serpent
A.K.: The Making of Kurosawa's Ran
Already Tomorrow
Bad Hurt
Cemetery of Splendor
Knight of Cups

John Hawkes as a world-weary detective in Too LateEXPAND
John Hawkes as a world-weary detective in Too Late
Courtesy of Foe Killer Films

March

Too Late
City of Gold
Boom Bust Boom
Colliding Dreams
Everybody Wants Some!!
Fireworks Wednesday
Francofonia
Krisha
The Little Prince
Notfilm
Pee-wee's Big Holiday
River of Grass
A Space Program
They Will Have to Kill Us First

Transfixed

Eat your heart out.EXPAND
Eat your heart out.
Courtesy of IFC Films

April

Tale of Tales
The Family Fang
A Touch of Zen
A Hologram for the King
Hockney
Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream
Sworn Virgin
Above and Below
Green Room
The Jungle Book
The Measure of a Man

All-AmericanEXPAND
All-American
Courtesy of ESPN

May

O.J.: Made in America

Chevalier
Holy Hell
Paths of the Soul
Kaili Blues
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Weiner
The Lobster
Love & Friendship
A Monster With a Thousand Heads
Sunset Song
Band of Outsiders
Beautiful Something
Dheepan
Dragon Inn

Approaching the UnknownEXPAND
Approaching the Unknown
Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment

June

Approaching the Unknown

Argentina
Cosmos
My Love Don't Cross That River
Tickled
Germans & Jews
Tikkun
The Final Master
The Fits

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, Joe Berlinger's intense and dazzling documentary
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, Joe Berlinger's intense and dazzling documentary
Courtesy of Third Eye Motion Picture Company/Netflix

July

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru

At the Fork
Men Go to Battle
Under the Sun
Don't Blink
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Ants on a Shrimp
The Childhood of a Leader
Don't Think Twice
For the Plasma
Hooligan Sparrow
Summertime
Gleason
Hollywood Beauty Salon
Into the Forest
Miss Sharon Jones

Kubo and the Two Strings sears itself into your brain.EXPAND
Kubo and the Two Strings sears itself into your brain.
Courtesy of Focus Features

August

Kubo and the Two Strings

The Land
Neither Heaven Nor Earth
Little Men
The Tenth Man
Will You Dance With Me
The Bride
Elevator to the Gallows
Abortion: Stories Women Tell
Disorder
Hell or High Water
Sudden Fear
Ixcanul
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Morris From America
Spa Night
When Two Worlds Collide
Happy Hour
Howards End
Mia Madre
Morgan

Demon, while not straight horror, has one foot in the genre (the other, of course, is in the grave).EXPAND
Demon, while not straight horror, has one foot in the genre (the other, of course, is in the grave).
Courtesy of the Orchard

September

Demon

As I Open My Eyes
Cameraperson
London Road
Bridget Jones' Baby
Command and Control
A Family Affair
Tanna
The Vessel
The Age of Shadows
Closet Monster
Ruins of Lifta
Among the Believers
Deepwater Horizon
A Man Called Ove
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Sand Storm

The beauty of MoonlightEXPAND
The beauty of Moonlight
Courtesy of A24

October

Moonlight

13th
Being 17
Blue Jay
Newtown
Phantasm: Remastered
Under the Shadow
Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience
Aquarius
Asura: City of Madness
Certain Women
Kevin Hart: What Now?
Sky Ladder
Tower
Creepy
Fire at Sea
The Handmaiden
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
A Stray
The Uncondemned
Portrait of a Garden

Arrival, about the mysterious appearance of 12 floating extraterrestrial vessels in different corners of the world, is the best film Denis Villeneuve has made so far.EXPAND
Arrival, about the mysterious appearance of 12 floating extraterrestrial vessels in different corners of the world, is the best film Denis Villeneuve has made so far.
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

November

Arrival
Loving
The Prison in Twelve Landscapes
Elle
Iron Moon
The Love Witch
The Monster
The Watermelon Woman
Daughters of the Dust
I Am Not Madame Bovary
The Illinois Parables
Manchester by the Sea
Ne Me Quitte Pas
The Red Turtle
Allied
Always Shine
Evolution
Baden Baden
Moana

SilenceEXPAND
Silence
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

December

Silence

I Am Not Your Negro
Fences
Ghostland
The Lion in Winter
Neruda
The Tree of Wooden Clogs
Hidden Figures
I, Daniel Blake
Julieta
Toni Erdmann

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