Alright, to be more specific, this is just a list of the 25 best reviewed narrative feature films in English of 2015 (so far), and the ranking relies on the fuzzy math of metacritic and a few dozen critics that metacritic arbitrarily relies upon. But all that asterisking would’ve made for a horrible headline. The reason for filtering the films this way should be fairly obvious. We should also be careful to note: Not all these movies have yet been assessed by critics nationwide. Movies that are already in wide release have faced the full contingent of 40-45 major critics (and it only takes a couple low numbers to seriously chip away at an aggregate score). Some of these movies have only been reviewed by a handful critics and have thus far been lucky enough to avoid the kind of damage that a single score lower than 50 can do.
If history is any indication, this list of critics darlings will affect the Academy’s Best Picture choices the same way a grain of salt will affect briny seawater. All the same, ’tis the season to be listing. Fa-la-la-la-la, la la-di-dah. I’m not gonna lie: primarily, I just wanted to post a list that puts Carol near the top. Before critics groups all across the country start featuring Carol in the very same fashion.
If history is another indication, I’ll bet some of you will want to share a list of your own devising. Please have at it.