Friday, February 16, 2018

Ranking Every Movie of 2017 (all 108 of them)

Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams in "Get Out"
Yesterday, we posted our list of the 10 best movies of 2017. Today, per annual tradition, I’m ranking every single theatrical release of the year (well, except for all the ones I didn’t see). To be clear, this is a stupid and arbitrary exercise; if I made the same list from scratch tomorrow, I’m sure it would look dramatically different, especially the bottom half. But I like doing it because it serves as a recordkeeping function, and it encourages people to yell at me about my taste.

Housekeeping: For each movie that I formally reviewed, the hyperlink will take you to that review. I’m also including the Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores for each film, just to show whether I conform to or diverge from the so-called critical consensus. And because I’m first and foremost a public servant, if a movie is currently streaming on a popular service, I’ll note that, just in case that nudges you into watching something from the comfort of your couch.


1. Lady Bird (directed by Greta Gerwig, 99% Rotten Tomatoes, 94 Metacritic)
2. Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan, 92% RT, 94 MC)
3. War for the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves, 93% RT, 82 MC)
4. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos, 73% RT, 73 MC)
5. The Post (Steven Spielberg, 88% RT, 83 MC)
6. Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, 87% RT, 81 MC)
7. Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd, 89% RT, 76 MC)
8. Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 91% RT, 90 MC)
9. The Florida Project (Sean Baker, 96% RT, 92 MC)
10. John Wick: Chapter 2 (Chad Stahelski, 89% RT, 75 MC; currently streaming on HBO Go)
11. Get Out (Jordan Peele, 99% RT, 84 MC; streaming on HBO Go)
12. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh, 93% RT, 86 MC)
13. Star Wars: Episode VIII–The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 91% RT, 85 MC)
14. It Comes at Night (Trey Edward Shults, 87% RT, 78 MC; streaming on Amazon)
15. Logan (James Mangold, 93% RT, 77 MC; streaming on HBO Go)
16. I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie, 90% RT, 77 MC)
17. The Girl with All the Gifts (Colm McCarthy, 84% RT, 67 MC; streaming on Amazon)
18. Princess Cyd (Stephen Cone, 91% RT, 71 MC; streaming on Netflix)
19. The Villainess (Jung Byung-gil, 83% RT, 64 MC)
20. Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin, 82% RT, 71 MC)
21. The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, 92% RT, 87 MC)
22. Split (M. Night Shyamalan, 75% RT, 62 MC; streaming on HBO Go)
23. The Lost City of Z (James Gray, 87% RT, 78 MC; streaming on Amazon)
24. Berlin Syndrome (Cate Shortland, 73% RT, 70 MC; streaming on Netflix)
25. Logan Lucky (Steven Soderbergh, 92% RT, 78 MC)
26. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (James Gunn, 83% RT, 67 MC; streaming on Netflix)
27. The Square (Ruben Östlund, 82% RT, 72 MC)
28. Coco (Lee Unkrich, 97% RT, 81 MC)
29. Raw (Julia Ducournau, 90% RT, 81 MC; streaming on Netflix)
30. The Big Sick (Michael Showalter, 98% RT, 86 MC; streaming on Amazon)
31. Okja (Bong Joon-ho, 85% RT, 75 MC; streaming on Netflix)
32. mother! (Darren Aronosfky, 69% RT, 75 MC)
33. Their Finest (Lone Scherfig, 90% RT, 76 MC; streaming on Hulu)
34. Baby Driver (Edgar Wright, 93% RT, 86 MC)
35. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Luc Besson, 49% RT, 51 MC)
36. A Ghost Story (David Lowery, 91% RT, 84 MC; streaming on Amazon)
37. Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 96% RT, 93 MC)
38. American Made (Doug Liman, 86% RT, 65 MC)
39. Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo, 80% RT, 70 MC; streaming on Hulu)
40. Your Name. (Makoto Shinkai, 98% RT, 93 MC)
41. Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 92% RT, 76 MC; streaming on HBO Go)
42. The Unknown Girl (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 65% RT, 65 MC; streaming on Netflix)
43. Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi, 92% RT, 74 MC)
44. Mudbound (Dee Rees, 96% RT, 85 MC)
45. Wind River (Taylor Sheridan, 87% RT, 73 MC)
46. Atomic Blonde (David Leitch, 77% RT, 63 MC)
47. The Disaster Artist (James Franco, 91% RT, 76 MC)
48. Ingrid Goes West (Matt Spicer, 85% RT, 71 MC; streaming on Hulu)
49. Harmonium (Kôji Fukada, 100% RT, 84 MC)
50. The Meyerowitz Stories (Noah Baumbach, 92% RT, 79 MC; streaming on Netflix)
51. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler, 92% RT, 79 MC; streaming on Amazon)
52. Battle of the Sexes (Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, 86% RT, 73 MC)
53. Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes, 69% RT, 71 MC; streaming on Amazon)
54. Gerald’s Game (Mike Flanagan, 92% RT, 77 MC; streaming on Netflix)
55. Brad’s Status (Mike White, 82% RT, 71 MC)
56. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts, 92% RT, 73 MC; streaming on Starz)
57. The Blackcoat’s Daughter (Oz Perkins, 72% RT, 68 MC; streaming on Amazon)
58. Stronger (David Gordon Greene, 92% RT, 76 MC)
59. Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas, 80% RT, 77 MC; streaming on Showtime)
60. Darkest Hour (Joe Wright, 87% RT, 75 MC)
61. Detroit (Kathryn Bigelow, 84% RT, 77 MC)
62. The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola, 78% RT, 77 MC)
63. Graduation (Cristian Mungiu, 95% RT, 84 MC; streaming on Netflix)
64. The Great Wall (Zhang Yimou, 35% RT, 42 MC; streaming on HBO Go)
65. Columbus (Kogonada, 98% RT, 89 MC; streaming on Hulu)
66. Jungle (Greg McLean, 55% RT, 48 MC; streaming on Amazon)
67. Beach Rats (Eliza Hittman, 85% RT, 78 MC; streaming on Hulu)
68. Ghost in the Shell (Rupert Sanders, 45% RT, 52 MC)
69. My Happy Family (Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß, 100% RT, 86 MC; streaming on Netflix)
70. The LEGO Batman Movie (Chris McKay, 91% RT, 75 MC; streaming on HBO Go)
71. Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott, 71% RT, 65 MC)
72. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Macon Blair, 88% RT, 75 MC; streaming on Netflix)
73. Free Fire (Ben Wheatley, 68% RT, 63 MC; streaming on Amazon)
74. Maudie (Aisling Walsh, 93% RT, 65 MC; streaming on Starz)
75. A Cure for Wellness (Gore Verbinski, 42% RT, 47 MC; streaming on Cinemax)
76. My Cousin Rachel (Roger Michell, 76% RT, 63 MC)
77. Chuck (Philippe Falardeau, 80% RT, 68 MC; streaming on Showtime)
78. After the Storm (Hirokazu Koreeda, 97% RT, 84 MC; streaming on Amazon)
79. Kong: Skull Island (Jordan Vogt-Roberts, 76% RT, 62 MC; streaming on HBO Go)
80. Beauty and the Beast (Bill Condon, 71% RT, 65 MC; streaming on Netflix)
81. The Belko Experiment (Greg McLean, 52% RT, 44 MC; streaming on Cinemax)
82. The Red Turtle (Michael Dudok de Wit, 94% RT, 86 MC; streaming on Starz)
83. Thank You for Your Service (Jason Hall, 77% RT, 68 MC)
84. Downsizing (Alexander Payne, 51% RT, 63 MC)
85. T2: Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 79% RT, 67 MC; streaming on Starz)
86. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (Dan Gilroy, 51% RT, 58 MC)
87. The Circle (James Ponsoldt, 15% RT, 43 MC; streaming on Amazon)
88. A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies, 91% RT, 77 MC; streaming on Amazon)
89. The Promise (Terry George, 50% RT, 49 MC)
90. Marjorie Prime (Michael Almereyda, 90% RT, 82 MC; streaming on Amazon)
91. Life (Daniel Espinosa, 67% RT, 54 MC; streaming on Starz)
92. Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello, 87% RT, 71 MC; streaming on Netflix)
93. The Lovers (Azazel Jacobs, 86% RT, 76 MC; streaming on Amazon)
94. The Zookeeper’s Wife (Niki Caro, 61% RT, 57 MC; streaming on HBO Go)
95. Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh, 57% RT, 52 MC)
96. The Glass Castle (Destin Daniel Cretton, 50% RT, 56 MC)
97. Girls Trip (Malcolm D. Lee, 90% RT, 71 MC)
98. It (Andy Muschietti, 85% RT, 69 MC)
99. Super Dark Times (Kevin Phillips, 92% RT, 75 MC; streaming on Netflix)
100. Justice League (Zack Snyder, 40% RT, 45 MC)
101. Hostiles (Scott Cooper, 73% RT, 65 MC)
102. The Fate of the Furious (F. Gary Gray, 66% RT, 56 MC; streaming on HBO Go)
103. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, 30% RT, 39 MC; streaming on Netflix)
104. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Matthew Vaughn, 51% RT, 44 MC)
105. Good Time (Josh and Bennie Safdie, 92% RT, 80 MC; streaming on Amazon)
106. Fifty Shades Darker (James Foley, 9% RT, 33 MC; streaming on HBO Go)
107. Cars 3 (Brian Fee, 65% RT, 59 MC; streaming on Netflix)
108. Staying Vertical (Alain Guiraudie, 73% RT, 65 MC; streaming on Netflix)

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