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The Best Indie Movies of 2016 So Far, According to the Criticwire Network

The Best Indie Movies of 2016 So Far, According to the Criticwire Network


Each week, members of Indiewire’s Criticwire Network share their grades for new theatrical releases. Throughout the year, we’ve tracked the films that have had the top feedback from those critics. Below, we’ve assembled all the films that have been reviewed by at least 15 critics and currently have an overall B+ from critics. 

Averages and totals are subject to change, but we’ll update the list with new additions as notable titles make their way onto theaters or VOD screens across the country. For now, these are the films from the year that have earned the highest collective acclaim from the Criticwire Network.

The Best Films of 2016, According to the Criticwire Network
(last updated: May 20th)

1. The Witch
A- / 45 reviews
dir. Robert Eggers

2. Green Room
A- / 38 reviews
dir. Jeremy Saulnier

3. Love & Friendship
A- / 28 reviews
dir. Whit Stillman

4. Sing Street
A- / 27 reviews
dir. John Carney

5. Krisha
A- / 26 reviews
dir. Trey Edward Shults

7. Cemetery of Splendour
A- / 24 reviews
dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

8. Weiner
A- / 22 reviews
dir. Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg

9. City of Gold
A- / 16 reviews
dir. Laura Gabbert

10. The Lobster
B+ / 39 reviews
dir. Yorgos Lanthimos

11. Louder Than Bombs
B+ / 32 reviews
dir. Joachim Trier

12. Embrace of the Serpent
B+ / 27 reviews
dir. Ciro Guerra

13. The Invitation
B+ / 23 reviews
dir. Karyn Kusama

13. The Treasure
B+ / 23 reviews
dir. Corneliu Porumboiu

15. Dheepan
B+ / 22 reviews
dir. Jacques Audiard

15. Mountains May Depart
B+ / 22 reviews
dir. Jia Zhang-ke

17. Born to Be Blue
B+ / 19 reviews
dir. Robert Budreau

17. The Measure of a Man
B+ / 19 reviews
dir. Stéphane Brizé

17. My Golden Days
B+ / 19 reviews
dir. Arnaud Desplechin

17. Sunset Song
B+ / 19 reviews
dir. Terence Davies

21. The Club
B+ / 18 reviews
dir. Pablo Larraín

21. Rams
B+ / 18 reviews
dir. Grímur Hákonarson

23. A Bigger Splash
B+ / 17 reviews
dir. Luca Guadagnino

24. In the Shadow of Women
B+ / 16 reviews
dir. Philippe Garrel

25. A War
B+ / 15 reviews
dir. Tobias Lindholm

If you’re curious to see the top films from previous years, be sure to check out the best of 20132014, and 2015.

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