The 100 best science fiction movies of all time, according to critics

Twentieth Century Fox / Dreamworks SKG‘Minority Report.’

At its best, science fiction can present a captivating, inventive picture of societal trends and flaws.

The Metacritic data we compiled here to track the most critically acclaimed sci-fi movies of all time traces a lineage of great films from Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” through the Tom Cruise-led “Minority Report” and Spike Jonze’s “Her.”

The resulting list includes all of the highest-rated movies that feature a “sci-fi” tag on the site, which turned out to be a wide-ranging categorization.

Here are the 100 best science fiction movies of all time, according to critics:


100. “Movement and Location” (2015)

Brooklyn Film

Critic score: 74/100

User score: 8.6/10

What critics said: “Despite its sci-fi hook, ‘Movement and Location’ turns out to be a surprisingly resonant film about how impossible it is for most people – no matter their cosmic time zone – to carve out a life that’s emotionally honest.” – Village Voice


99. “Serenity” (2005)

Universal

Critic score: 74/100

User score: 8.4/10

What critics said: “As challenging as it must have been to pilot Joss Whedon’s space opera from the TV junk pile to the big screen, the finished product is a triumph.” –San Francisco Chronicle


98. “Inception” (2010)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 74/100

User score: 8.8/10

What critics said: “As engrossing and logic-resistant as the state of dreaming it seeks to replicate, Christopher Nolan’s audacious new creation demands further study to fully absorb the multiple, simultaneous stories Nolan finagles into one narrative experience.” – Entertainment Weekly


97. “Twelve Monkeys” (1996)

Universal

Critic score: 74/100

User score: 8.9/10

What critics said: “Gilliam, along with the gifted cinematographer Roger Pratt and production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, fashions a disturbing and dazzling lost world.” – Rolling Stone


96. “Thelma” (2017)

The Orchard

Critic score: 74/100

User score: 7.9/10

What critics said: “A moody, mannered, and lingering coming-of-age story with a Stephen King-like twist.” –Boston Globe


95. “Okja” (2017)

Netflix

Critic score: 75/100

User score: 7.4/10

What critics said: “The picture, which never stops moving, is dense with information and feeling. Barbs of satire pop up and are washed away on streams of strong emotion. It’s all marvelously preposterous and yet, at the same time, something important is at stake.” – The New York Times


94. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014)

20th Century Fox

Critic score: 75/100

User score: 8.4/10

What critics said: “The first Marvel movie to truly embrace comics-style storytelling. ” –The AV Club


93. “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)

Marvel Studios

Critic score: 75/100

User score: 8.2/10

What critics said: “Kudos to the Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony, for directing the hostilities for maximum impact and without neglecting character. Their thundering epic is also smart, snappy, politically savvy and blessedly fast on its feet.” – Rolling Stone


92. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)

TriStar Pictures

Critic score: 75/100

User score: 9.1/10

What critics said: “‘T2’ features bigger, bolder, more energetic action sequences than its predecessor.” –ReelViews


91. “Attack the Block” (2011)

Screen Gems

Critic score: 75/100

User score: 7.2/10

What critics said: “There’s a vaguely Spielbergian quality to Cornish’s skill at balancing the sense of shared adventure with genuine danger.” – The Hollywood Reporter


90. “THX 1138” (1971)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 75/100

User score: 6.6/10

What critics said: “Testament to the emergence of a visually masterful filmmaker, capable of ingenious, low-tech special effects.” – The Washington Post


89. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1978)

United Artists

Critic score: 75/100

User score: 8/10

What critics said: “Set at the intersection of post-Vietnam paranoia and the myopic introspection that became hippiedom’s most lasting cultural contribution, the Philip Kaufman-directed ‘Invasion’ alternates social commentary with impeccably crafted scares.” – The AV Club


88. “Repo Man” (1984)

Universal Pictures

Critic score: 75/100

User score: 8.5/10

What critics said: “The real thing. It’s a sneakily rude, truly zany farce that treats its lunatic characters with a solemnity that perfectly matches the way in which they see themselves.” – The New York Times


87. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013)

Lionsgate

Critic score: 76/100

User score: 7.9/10

What critics said: “Very few people will take in this spectacle of a society amusing itself to death, of ‘reality games’ and the vapid media hysteria that surrounds them, and not draw a parallel to our own televised bread and circuses. At its best, ‘Catching Fire’ is a blockbuster that bites the culture that made it.” – Boston Globe


86. “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” (2017)

Studio 4C

Critic score: 76/100

User score: 9.5/10

What critics said: “‘Birdboy: The Forgotten Children’ is its own unique, damaged creature.” – Village Voice


85. “Ghost in the Shell” (1996)

YouTube

Critic score: 76/100

User score: 8.7/10

What critics said: “Technically, ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is astonishing, not only for its smooth meld of cell animation and state-of-the-art computer animation, but also for its imaginative storytelling and mood-setting (thanks to an eerie, non-thumping score by Kenji Kawai).” – The Washington Post


84. “10 Cloverfield Lane” (2016)

Paramount

Critic score: 76/100

User score: 7.7/10

What critics said: “Not an outright ‘Cloverfield’ sequel but rather, as Abrams has put it, a ‘spiritual successor.’ It’s also a better movie, one with a sense of humour about itself and its genre.” – Time


83. “Wonder Woman” (2017)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 76/100

User score: 7.7/10

What critics said: “In the recent flood of superhero movies, several have managed to be quite good – but Wonder Woman ranks as one of the few great ones.” – The Wrap


82. “World on a Wire” (1973)

Janus Films

Critic score: 76/100

User score: N/A

What critics said: “‘World on a Wire’ is the discovery of the season, rarely screened in America but very much a key chapter in Fassbinder’s story–a step toward bigger budgets and slicker production values, yet clarifying of his core artistic legacy.” – Time Out


81. “Midnight Special” (2016)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 76/100

User score: 6.8/10

What critics said: “The most haunting part of this riskily earnest film isn’t the unmentionable effects coup of its grand finale, but the quieter beats, all in close-up, that comprise its coda: atomised, spent, and sad.” – The Telegraph


80. “Escape from New York” (1981)

Escape from New York screencap

Critic score: 76/100

User score: N/A

What critics said: “It’s a toughly told, very tall tale, one of the best escape (and escapist) movies of the season.” – The New York Times


79. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)

Marvel

Critic score: 76/100

User score: 8.5/10

What critics said: “Overall, the writers have crafted a well-articulated universe with distinct settings and relatable, compelling characters devoted to a thrilling quest for redemption.” – The Hollywood Reporter


78. “Logan” (2017)

Fox

Critic score: 77/100

User score: 8.4/10

What critics said: “‘Logan’ is the rare blockbuster that could be a game-changer. It will certainly change the way we look at other superhero movies and how history judges the entire MCU and DC Universe of films.” – RogerEbert.com


77. “Westworld” (1973)

MGM

Critic score: 77/100

User score: 7.1/10

What critics said: “An excellent film, which combines solid entertainment, chilling topicality, and superbly intelligent serio-comic story values. Michael Crichton’s original script is as superior as his direction.” – Variety


76. “Evolution” (2016)

IFC

Critic score: 77/100

User score: 6.5/10

What critics said: “Cloaked in a mystifying atmosphere and possessed by a transfixing, amorphous mood, Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s ‘Evolution’ is a beautifully strange hybrid of innocence and disturbance.” – The Playlist


75. “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” (1982)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 77/100

User score: 8.7/10

What critics said: “The experience is frightening, sometimes disgusting, and (if the truth be told) exhilarating. This is very skillful filmmaking, and ‘Mad Max 2’ is a movie like no other.” – Chicago Sun-Times


74. “WarGames” (1983)

MGM

Critic score: 77/100

User score: 9/10

What critics said: “A terrifically exciting story charged by an irresistible idea: an extra-smart kid can get the world into a whole lot of trouble that it also takes the same extra-smart kid to rescue it from.” – Variety


73. “Sleeper” (1973)

Critic score: 77/100

User score: N/A

What critics said: “In his fourth movie, Allen comes into his own as a filmmaker, providing us with the comedy of the year.” – New York magazine


72. “2046” (2005)

Sony Pictures Classic

Critic score: 78/100

User score: 7.4/10

What critics said: “There are many places a visitor may go astray in ‘2046’ – places where the filmmaker appears to be a bit at loose ends too. Still, Wong’s invitation – ‘Let’s get lost’ – is irresistible.” – Entertainment Weekly


71. “Ex Machina” (2015)

A24

Critic score: 78/100

User score: 7.9/10

What critics said: “With a stellar cast and seductive look, ‘Ex Machina’ is a sleek contraption for capturing our imagination.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch


70. “A Clockwork Orange” (1971)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 78/100

User score: 7.9/10

What critics said: “It seems to me that by describing horror with such elegance and beauty, Kubrick has created a very disorienting but human comedy, not warm and loveable, but a terrible sum- up of where the world is at.” –The New York Times


69. “Under the Skin” (2014)

Critic score: 78/100

User score: 6.8/10

What critics said: “At times the film is right on the border between mesmerising and narcotizing, but it casts an otherworldly spell.” – New York magazine


68. “Godzilla” (1954)

DCA

Critic score: 78/100

User score: 8.5/10

What critics said: “Not that Honda’s original ‘Godzilla’ is a message movie first and foremost. It’s a horror flick, and an ingenious one at that, with visual effects so vivid that gimmicky spin-offs became an enduring staple of popular film.” – Christian Science Monitor


67. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (2014)

20th Century Fox

Critic score: 79/100

User score: 8.2/10

What critics said: “Dynamite entertainment, especially in the rousing first hour.” – Rolling Stone


66. “Iron Man” (2008)

Critic score: 79/100

User score: 8.5/10

What critics said: “When it’s idling in neutral, and we’re watching Stark putter in his workshop or seduce unsuspecting journalists, ‘Iron Man’ abounds in that rarest of superpowers: charm.” – Slate


65. “Jodorowsky’s Dune” (2014)

Youtube

Critic score: 79/100

User score: 8.3/10

What critics said: “Director Pavich, his first time at bat, has crafted an unalloyed pleasure of a documentary, especially for those of us who care about ‘Dune,’ about sci-fi, and about the value and power of creative passion.” – The Playlist


64. “Annihilation” (2018)

Paramount Pictures

Critic score: 79/100

User score: 7.2/10

What critics said: “‘Annihilation’ is a portentous movie, and a cerebral one. It’s gorgeous and immersive, but distancing. It’s exciting more in its sheer ambition and its distinctiveness than in its actual action.” –The Verge


63. “The Fly” (1986)

20th Century Fox

Critic score: 79/100

User score: 8.1/10

What critics said: “David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’ is that absolute rarity of the ’80s: a film that is at once a pure, personal expression and a superbly successful commercial enterprise.” – Chicago Tribune


62. “Planet of the Apes” (1968)

20th Century Fox

Critic score: 79/100

User score: 9.0/10

What critics said: “A film rich with unforgettable imagery, killer lines and physical thrills.” –Empire


61. “Time Bandits” (1981)

AVCO Embassy Pictures

Critic score: 79/100

User score: 5/10

What critics said: “Parents may not approve of this dark, violent 1981 children’s film, which is what makes it such a good one. The film is resolutely, passionately antiadult, yet much of the humour has an adult sophistication and edge to it; this is one kids’ movie that doesn’t condescend.” – Chicago Reader


60. “Minority Report” (2002)

20th Century Fox

Critic score: 80/100

User score: 7.0/10

What critics said: “This is the kind of pure entertainment that, in its fullness and generosity, feels almost classic.” – San Francisco Chronicle


59. “The Survivalist” (2017)

IFC

Critic score: 80/100

User score: 6.8/10

What critics said: “Impressively lean and rigidly controlled, ‘The Survivalist’ achieves, at times, the primitive allure of a silent movie.” – The New York Times


58. “The Endless” (2018)

Well Go USA

Critic score: 80/100

User score: 7.4/10

What critics said: “If you have a good idea, a strong cast, a smart script, and directorial chops, you don’t need a lot of money to make a compelling movie. ‘The Endless’ is proof.” – RogerEbert.com


57. “Incredibles 2” (2018)

Disney

Critic score: 80/100

User score: 8.2/10

What critics said: “This follow-up is every bit the start-to-finish sensation as the original, and you’ll be happy to know that Bird’s subversive spirit is alive and thriving.” – Rolling Stone


56. “Melancholia” (2011)

Zentropa

Critic score: 80/100

User score: 6.5/10

What critics said: “Nutty Danish provocateur Lars von Trier — long one of the most annoying filmmakers on the planet — turns out one of the year’s most emotionally resonant art movies.” – New York Post


55. “Superman” (1978)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 80/100

User score: 7.8/10

What critics said: “Manages to capture the pure heart and spirit of this comic book Americana.” – Empire


54. “The Martian” (2015)

Aidan Monaghan

Critic score: 80/100

User score: 8.0/10

What critics said: “Scott’s sci-fi adventure is the kind of film you leave the theatre itching to tell your friends to see. Like ‘Apollo 13’ and ‘Gravity,’ it turns science and problem solving into an edge-of-your-seat experience.” –Entertainment Weekly


53. “Sorry to Bother You” (2018)

Annapurna

Critic score: 81/100

User score: 7.1/10

What critics said: “Mr. Riley isn’t constructing yet another postmodern playhouse out of borrowings and allusions. He’s building a raft, and steering it straight into the foaming rapids of racism, economic injustice and cultural conflict.” –The New York Times


52. “Paprika” (2007)

Sony Pictures Classics

Critic score: 81/100

User score: 8.1/10

What critics said: “It happens to be one of the most wildly (and disturbingly) inventive animated films I’ve seen.” – Newsweek


51. “District 9” (2009)

Sony

Critic score: 81/100

User score: 8.1/10

What critics said: “A memorable, monstrous fable that’s consistently gripping.” – New York Daily News


50. “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” (2015)

Disney/Lucasfilm

Critic score: 81/100

User score: 6.9/10

What critics said: “What a beautiful, thrilling, joyous, surprising and heart-thumping adventure this is.” –Chicago Sun-Times


49. “The World’s End” (2013)

Laurie Sparham / Focus Features

Critic score: 81/100

User score: 7.9/10

What critics said: “What ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’ did for zombie and cop flicks ‘The World’s End’ does for sci-fi fatalism, respecting its doomsday tropes while presenting them with cheeky wit and a refreshing strategy of sensory underload.” – Tampa Bay Times


48. “Battle Royale” (2000)

Anchor Bay Films

Critic score: 81/100

User score: 8.0/10

What critics said: “American fans of ‘The Hunger Games’ may not embrace – or even be permitted to see – ‘Battle Royale,’ which is too bad. It is in many ways a better movie and in any case a fascinating companion, drawn from a parallel cultural universe. It is a lot uglier and also, perversely, a lot more fun.” – The New York Times


47. “Upstream Colour” (2013)

ERBP

Critic score: 81/100

User score: 7.0/10

What critics said: “Part science fiction scare movie, part offbeat romance, part completely unclassifiable, ‘Colour’ is also one-man filmmaking of a remarkable sort.” –Los Angeles Times


46. “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 81/100

User score: 7.7/10

What critics said: “This is the kind of movie that cults are made of, and after ‘Little Shop’ finishes its first run, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see it develop into a successor to ‘Rocky Horror Show,’ as one of those movies that fans want to include in their lives.” – San Francisco Chronicle


45. “The Man Who Fell to Earth” (1976)

Cinema 5

Critic score: 81/100

User score: 6.9/10

What critics said: “It may be time to stop calling Nicolas Roeg’s sexed-up sci-fi film that vaguely demeaning term – a cult classic – and start addressing it as what it is: the most intellectually provocative genre film of the 1970s.” – Time Out


44. “Arrival” (2016)

Paramount

Critic score: 81/100

User score: 8.1/10

What critics said: “Such a beautiful and thought-provoking film that it almost singlehandedly makes up for every bad aliens-coming-to-Earth film you’ve ever seen. Yes, even ‘Independence Day: Resurgence.'” – USA Today


43. “Blade Runner 2049” (2017)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 81/100

User score: 8.2/10

What critics said: “Stands with the likes of ‘The Godfather Part II’ and ‘Terminator 2’ and ‘Aliens’ as a sequel worthy of the original classic.” – Chicago Sun-Times


42. “Isle of Dogs” (2018)

Fox Searchlight

Critic score: 82/100

User score: 8.1/10

What critics said: “The film is not only hilariously entertaining, but also firmly in the tradition of such political parables as George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm.'” –St. Louis Post-Dispatch


41. “Marjorie Prime” (2017)

FilmRise

Critic score: 82/100

User score: 7.3/10

What critics said: “The sci-fi chamber drama ‘Marjorie Prime’ is exquisite – beautiful, intense, shivering with empathy.” – New York magazine


40. “A Quiet Place” (2018)

Paramount Pictures

Critic score: 82/100

User score: 7.5/10

What critics said: “As a celebration of the physical expressiveness and visual storytelling of silent cinema, ‘A Quiet Place’ speaks volumes without a word being uttered.” –The Washington Post


39. “Star Trek” (2009)

Paramount

Critic score: 82/100

User score: 7.9/10

What critics said: “In the pop high it delivers, this is the greatest prequel ever made.” – Boston Globe


38. “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)

MGM

Critic score: 82/100

User score: 6.9/10

What critics said: “With ‘2001,’ Stanley Kubrick proved that a sci-fi movie could be philosophical rather than pulpy, profound rather than pedantic.” – Premiere


37. “The Lobster” (2016)

A24

Critic score: 82/100

User score: 6.9/10

What critics said: “A wickedly funny protest against societal preference for nuclear coupledom that escalates, by its own sly logic, into a love story of profound tenderness and originality.” – Variety


36. “Face/Off” (1997)

Paramount

Critic score: 82/100

User score: 8.8/10

What critics said: “Face/Off is a summer movie extraordinaire: violent, imaginative, crazily funny and, oddly moving. Hollywood has finally wised up and let Hong Kong auteur John Woo strut his stuff in all its undiluted, over-the-top glory.” – Newsweek


35. “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)

Lucasfilm

Critic score: 82/100

User score: 9.0/10

What critics said: “A stunning successor, a tense and pictorially dazzling science-fiction chase melodrama that sustains two hours of elaborate adventure while sneaking up on you emotionally.” – The Washington Post


34. “War for the Planet of the Apes” (2017)

20th Century Fox

Critic score: 82/100

User score: 8.1/10

What critics said: “There is a scene toward the end of ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ that is as vivid and haunting as anything I’ve seen in a Hollywood blockbuster in ages, a moment of rousing and dreadful cinematic clarity that I don’t expect to shake off any time soon.” – The New York Times


33. “Alien” (1979)

20th Century Fox

Critic score: 83/100

User score: 8.9/10

What critics said: “I recognise how few horror movies I’ve seen before or since that ever manage to capture such a tangible feeling of menace.” – Salon


32. “Spider-Man 2” (2004)

Columbia Pictures

Critic score: 83/100

User score: 8.6/10

What critics said: “A masterpiece of pop filmmaking — a fantastic, exuberant entertainment that manages to be both sleek and substantial without being patronizing.” –Miami Herald


31. “Avatar” (2009)

Fox

Critic score: 83/100

User score: 7.5/10

What critics said: “A quantum leap in movie magic; watching it, I began to understand how people in 1933 must have felt when they saw ‘King Kong.'” – Chicago Reader


30. “Snowpiercer” (2014)

http://snowpiercer-film.com/

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 7.1/10

What critics said: “Politically provocative and visually spectacular ‘Snowpiercer’ – the best action film of 2014, and probably the best film, period.” – Salon


29. “The Terminator” (1984)

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 7.2/10

What critics said: “From the slam-bang direction to the relentless pace to the not-a-word-wasted dialogue and even the driving synth score, everything else about The Terminator just works.” – Time Out


28. “Looper” (2012)

Sony Pictures

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 8.2/10

What critics said: “A remarkable feat of imagination and execution, entertaining from start to finish, even as it asks the audience to contemplate how and why humanity keeps making the same rotten mistakes.” – The AV Club


27. “Aliens” (1986)

20th Century Fox

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 9.0/10

What critics said: “Tautly paced and expertly directed, this roller coaster ride of a motion picture offers a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in a tidy science fiction/action package.” – ReelViews


26. “Children of Men” (2006)

Universal

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 8.4/10

What critics said: “It’s a work of art that deserves a space cleared for its angry, nervous beauty.” –Entertainment Weekly


25. “Holy Motors” (2012)

Indomina Group

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 7.5/10

What critics said: “An electrifying, confounding, what-the-hell-just-happened exercise in unbounded imagination, unapologetic theatricality, bravura acting and head-over-heels movie-love.” – The Washington Post


24. “The Iron Giant” (1999)

Critic score: 85/100

User score: 8.9/10

What critics said: “Remarkably unassuming, genuinely playful, and superbly executed, ‘The Iron Giant’ towers over the cartoon landscape.” – The Village Voice


23. “The Host” (2007)

Magnolia Pictures

Critic score: 85/100

User score: 6.8/10

What critics said: “A great piece of filmmaking and a legitimate science-fiction/horror classic.” – San Francisco Chronicle


22. “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” (2017)

LucasFilm/Disney

Critic score: 85/100

User score: 4.5/10

What critics said: “Easily its most exciting iteration in decades – the first flat-out terrific “Star Wars” movie since 1980’s ‘The Empire Strikes Back.'” – Los Angeles Times


21. “NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind” (1985)

Toei Inc.

Critic score: 86/100

User score: N/A

What critics said: “Hayao Miyazaki’s animated adventure, from 1984, is a magnificent anomaly-a rousing vision of scorched earth.” – The New Yorker


20. “Back to the Future” (1985)

Universal Pictures

Critic score: 87/100

User score: 9.0/10

What critics said: “There aren’t many films we’d describe as perfect, but Robert Zemeckis’s oh-so-’80s time travel tale fits the bill.” – Time Out


19. “Superman II” (1981)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 87/100

User score: 6.6/10

What critics said: “A stylish, well-paced film with a good variety of moods and moves.” – Time


18. “Black Panther” (2018)

Disney

Critic score: 88/100

User score: 6.7/10

What critics said: “Believe the hype: Black Panther transcends its comic-book origins, achieving a mythic grandeur that’s nothing short of exhilarating.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch


17. “Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut” (2004)

Newmarket Films

Critic score: 88/100

User score: 8.9/10

What critics said: “A ferociously creative 1985 black comedy filled with wild tonal contrasts, swarming details, and unfettered visual invention–every shot carries a charge of surprise and delight.” – Chicago Reader


16. “Brazil” (1985)

Universal

Critic score: 88/100

User score: 8.9/10

What critics said: “A ferociously creative 1985 black comedy filled with wild tonal contrasts, swarming details, and unfettered visual invention–every shot carries a charge of surprise and delight.” – Chicago Reader


15. “Blade Runner” (1982)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 89/100

User score: 8.8/10

What critics said: “At once the most realistic and beautifully choreographed film ever set in space, ‘Gravity’ is a thrillingly realised survival story spiked with interludes of breath-catching tension and startling surprise.” – The Hollywood Reporter


14. “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (1977)

Lucasfilm

Critic score: 90/100

User score: 8.6/10

What critics said: “There is something dazzling about a sci-fi film that manages to call upon the energies of both futurism and long-held faith. The movie is not to be compared in ferocity of imagination with Kubrick’s ‘2001’ – significant that the music here is merely illustrative, never caustic or memorable, and that there is nothing of Kubrick’s vision of a blanched form of existence – but it is exuberantly entertaining.” – Time Out


13. “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015)

Critic score: 90/100

User score: 8.6/10

What critics said: “Marrying the biting frenzy of Terry Gilliam’s film universe with the explosive grandeur of James Cameron, Miller cooks up some exhilaratingly sustained action. But the key to this symphony of twisted metal is how the film never forgets that violence is a sort of madness.” –Time Out


12. “Hard to Be a God” (2015)

Kino Lorper

Critic score: 90/100

User score: 5.2/10

What critics said: “The late director Aleksei Guerman’s last film is a grandly arbitrary carnival of neo-medieval depravity. It’s also a mudpunk allegory of Russian barbarism and backwardness.” – The New Yorker


11. “King Kong” (1933)

Critic score: 90/100

User score: 8.8/10

What critics said: “Despite its various deficiencies and occasionally antiquated style, ‘King Kong’ remains not only a milestone of movie-making, but a magical experience.” – ReelViews


10. “It’s Such a Beautiful Day” (2012)

Cinemad Presents

Critic score: 90/100

User score: 9.0/10

What critics said: “Warped keyhole-size images stack atop one another in a Frankenstein-ian collage that evokes the films of Terrence Malick, David Lynch, Stan Brakhage, and Bruce Conner.” – Village Voice


9. “Solaris” (1972)

Mosfilm

Critic score: 90/100

User score: 8.2/10

What critics said: “An amazing celluloid poem by a filmmaker whom Ingmar Bergman called ‘the greatest.’ He very nearly was. He was also, perhaps, too pure a creator and reckless a citizen to survive unscathed.” – Chicago Tribune


8. “Her” (2013)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 90/100

User score: 8.6/10

What critics said: “‘Her’ may be the most technologically astute movie since Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: a Space Odyssey.'” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch


7. “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977)

Columbia Pictures

Critic score: 90/100

User score: 7.8/10

What critics said: “The movie is emotionally tumultuous and evenhanded and serene. It celebrates the odd pockets of imagination and individuality that can be nurtured in middle-class suburbia.” – Baltimore Sun


6. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982)

Universal

Critic score: 91/100

User score: 8.3/10

What critics said: “The movie is emotionally tumultuous and evenhanded and serene. It celebrates the odd pockets of imagination and individuality that can be nurtured in middle-class suburbia.” – Baltimore Sun


5. “Werckmeister Harmonies” (2001)

Pierre Grise Distribution

Critic score: 92/100

User score: 8/10

What critics said: “A stunning feature — another hypnotic meditation on popular demagogy and mental manipulation.” – Variety


4. “Threads” (1984)

2 Entertain

Critic score: 92/100

User score: 6/10

What critics said: “It wasn’t until I saw ‘Threads’ that I found that something on screen could make me break out in a cold, shivering sweat and keep me in that condition for 20 minutes, followed by weeks of depression and anxiety.” – The Guardian


3. “WALL-E” (2008)

Disney/Pixar

Critic score: 95/100

User score: 8.9/10

What critics said: “The new Pixar picture ‘Wall-E’ is one for the ages, a masterpiece to be savoured before or after the end of the world.” – New York magazine


2. “Gravity” (2013)

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 7.8/10

What critics said: “At once the most realistic and beautifully choreographed film ever set in space, Gravity is a thrillingly realised survival story spiked with interludes of breath-catching tension and startling surprise.” – The Hollywood Reporter


1. “Metropolis” (1927)

Metropolis

Critic score: 98/100

User score: 8.6/10

What critics said: “A masterpiece of art direction, the movie has influenced our vision of the future ever since, with its imposing white monoliths and starched facades.” –San Francisco Chronicle

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