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2013 Best Reviewed Movies

Based on third-party critic ratings, the best reviewed 2013 movie releases.


  1. Sound City
    100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 41 reviews
    "Smart, affectionate, and unabashedly sincere, Sound City pairs a great soundtrack with a well-argued ode to one of rock 'n' roll's most fondly remembered bygone eras."
  2. More than Honey
    100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 37 reviews
  3. Short Term 12
    99% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 146 reviews
    "Short Term 12 is an emphatic, revealing drama that pulls audiences into the perspective of neglected youths."
  4. Twenty Feet from Stardom
    99% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 110 reviews
    "Rich, insightful, and occasionally heartbreaking, 20 Feet From Stardom is an energetic tribute to the passion, talent, and hard work of backup singers."
  5. The Wizard of Oz
    99% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 101 reviews
    "An absolute masterpiece whose groundbreaking visuals and deft storytelling are still every bit as resonant, The Wizard of Oz is a must-see film for young and old."
  6. Before Midnight
    98% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 173 reviews
    "Building on the first two installments in Richard Linklater's well-crafted Before trilogy, Before Midnight offers intelligent, powerfully acted perspectives on love, marriage, and long-term commitment."
  7. Mud
    98% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 168 reviews
    "Bolstered by a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Mud offers an engaging Southern drama that manages to stay sweet and heartwarming without being sappy."
  8. Blackfish
    98% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 119 reviews
    "Blackfish is an aggressive, impassioned documentary that will change the way you look at performance killer whales."
  9. Call Me Kuchu
    98% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 42 reviews
    "Alternately horrific and uplifting, Call Me Kuchu exposes heinous systematic brutality with a clear eye and admirable precision."
  10. The Selfish Giant
    97% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 63 reviews
    "Starkly emotional and beautifully directed, The Selfish Giant uses a lovely script and some powerful performances to present some of the best that modern British cinema has to offer."
  11. Let the Fire Burn
    97% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 36 reviews
    "Smartly edited and heartbreakingly compelling, Let the Fire Burn uses archival footage to uncover a troubling -- and still deeply resonant -- chapter in American history."
  12. The Last of the Unjust
    97% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 32 reviews
  13. Enough Said
    96% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 164 reviews
    "Wryly charming, impeccably acted, and ultimately quite bittersweet, Enough Said is a grown-up movie in the best possible way."
  14. Muscle Shoals
    96% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 79 reviews
    "Essential for soul fans and entertaining for novices, Muscle Shoals offers a compelling, warts-and-all glimpse at one of the most fascinating stories in modern American music."
  15. Cutie and the Boxer
    96% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 71 reviews
    "A beautifully-made documentary that explores the challenges and richness of both marriage and art through the lens of a fascinating and complex couple."
  16. Inside Llewyn Davis
    95% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 232 reviews
    "Smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coen brothers in fine form."
  17. The Act of Killing
    95% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 132 reviews
    "Raw, terrifying, and painfully difficult to watch, The Act of Killing offers a haunting testament to the edifying, confrontational power of documentary cinema."
  18. Stories We Tell
    95% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 127 reviews
    "In Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley plays with the documentary format to explore the nature of memory and storytelling, crafting a thoughtful, compelling narrative that unfolds like a mystery."
  19. A Hijacking
    95% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 106 reviews
    "A tense, gripping thriller, A Hijacking avoids action movie cliches and instead creates a palpable sense of dread by mixing gritty realism with atmospheric beauty."
  20. The Dallas Buyers Club
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 223 reviews
    "Dallas Buyers Club rests squarely on Matthew McConaughey's scrawny shoulders, and he carries the burden gracefully with what might be a career-best performance."
  21. Her
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 219 reviews
    "Sweet, soulful, and smart, Spike Jonze's Her uses its just-barely-sci-fi scenario to impart wryly funny wisdom about the state of modern human relationships."
  22. Fruitvale Station
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 161 reviews
    "Passionate and powerfully acted, Fruitvale Station serves as a celebration of life, a condemnation of death, and a triumph for star Michael B. Jordan."
  23. The Past
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 132 reviews
    "Beautifully written, sensitively directed, and powerfully acted, The Past serves as another compelling testament to Asghar Farhadi's gift for finely layered drama."
  24. Lore
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 109 reviews
    "Newcomer Saskia Rosendahl gives an astonishingly assured performance in the title role, and director Cate Shortland establishes a delicate, disturbingly ominous tone in the powerful World War II drama Lore."
  25. Blancanieves
    94% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 94 reviews
    "Smartly written and beautiful to behold, Blancanieves uses its classic source material to offer a dark tale, delightfully told."

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