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MFF Special: The Top 201 Audience/Critic Rated Films of the 21st Century

March 24, 2016

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Hello all. Mark here.

If you’ve been reading MFF for sometime you know that I love overly researched lists. These lists get to the bottom of the most important topics on the planet and explore what happens when critic and audience scores are averaged out.  The following post examines which 21st century films have the highest combined audience/critical average. I collected critical/user data from three sources:

  • IMDb User Votes – The amount of votes did not matter (1,339 is the minimum on the list). I didn’t want to punish films for not getting wide releases.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic/Audience Scores – The films needed at least 40 reviews to be considered. That is par for the course when it comes to RT’s ranking system.
  • Metacritic Critic Average 

I added the four scores (RT critic/audience, IMDb user, Metacritic critic) together and averaged them out. The process isn’t sophisticated, but, it gives a straightforward look at the averaged scores. If you want to see some more in-depth metrics check out the movie poster explosion and horror franchises posts (you will love them). I gave the same weight to critic and user ratings despite there being more users. Critics can push the agenda, so their ratings get equal weight. If data was missing from one of the sites I left the film out of the list.

If you like this list make sure to check out our stellar lists of awesomeness.

Here are the top 201 audience/critic rated films of the 21st century!

201. 3 Idiots (2009) – 85.25

200. Al Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) – 85.25

199. Beasts of No Nation (2015) – 85.25

198. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) – 85.25

197. Catch Me if You Can (2002) – 85.25

196. Food, Inc. (2008) – 85.25

195. Fruitvale Station (2013) – 85.25

194. Last Days of Vietnam (2014) – 85.25

193. Little Miss Sunshine (2006) – 85.25

192. Moonrise Kingdom (2012) – 85.25

191. Oslo, August 31st (2011) – 85.25

190.  Shaun of the Dead (2004) – 85.25

189. Shrek (2001) – 85.25

188. Timbuktu (2014) – 85.25

187. Volver (2006) – 85.25

186. West of Memphis (2012) – 85.25

185. Call Me Kuchu (2012) – 85.5

184. Deep Water (2006) – 85.5

183. End of the Century (2003) – 85.5

182. Her (2013) – 85.5

181. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) – 85.5

180. Mea Maxima Culpa (2012) – 85.5

179. Mountain Patrol (2004) – 85.5

178. Phoenix (2015) – 85.5

177. Scratch (2001) – 85.5

176. The Station Agent (2003) – 85.5

175. The Incredibles (2004) – 85.5

174. The Interrupters (2011) – 85.5

173. Vera Drake (2004) – 85.5

172. Zero Dark Thirty (2012) – 85.5

171. Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (2015) – 85.5

170. Winter Sleep (2014) – 85.75

169. Grizzly Man (2005) – 85.75

168. Iron Man (2008) – 85.75

167. Milk (2008) – 85.75

166. Moneyball (2011) – 85.75

165. A Film Unfinished (2010) – 86

164. Casino Royale (2006) – 86

163. Django Unchained (2012) – 86

162. Hotel Rwanda (2004) – 86

161. How to Survive a Plague (2012) – 86

160. How to Train Your Dragon (2010) – 86

159. The Lego Movie (2014) – 86

158. Marwencol (2010) – 86

157. Red Army (2014) – 86

156. Sideways (2004) – 86

155. Sound City (2013) – 86

154. The Class (2008) – 86

153. The Martian (2015) – 86

152. Wadjda (2012) – 86

151. Monsters Inc. (2001) – 86.25

150.  American Splendor (2003) – 86.25

149. Creed (2015) – 86.25

148. Infernal Affairs (2002) – 86.25

147. Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) – 86.25

146. Mustang (2015) – 86.25

145. Restrepo (2010) – 86.25

144. Sweet Sixteen (2002) – 86.25

143. The Devil Came on Horseback (2007) – 86.25

142. The Hunt (2012) – 86.25

141. Winged Migration (2001) – 86.25

140. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) – 86.25

139. Memories of Murder (2003) – 86.5

138. Amy (2015) – 86.5

137. Bill Cunningham New York (2010) – 86.5

136. Hero (2002) – 86.5

135. Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) – 86.5

134. Maria Full of Grace (2004)  – 86.5

133. Riding Giants (2004) – 86.5

132. Sicario (2015) – 86.5

131. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) – 86.5

130. The Wrestler (2008) – 86.5

129. This is England (2006) – 86.5

128. Wild Tales (2014) – 86.5

127. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) – 86.75

126. 49 Up (2005) – 86.75

125. Democrats (2014) – 86.75

124. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – 86.75

123. Incendies (2010) – 86.75

122. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) – 86.75

121. Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013) – 86.75

120. Leviathan (2014) – 86.75

119. Searching for Sugar Man (2012) – 86.75

118. Since Otar Left (2003) – 86.75

117. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – 86.75

116. The Overnighters (2014) – 86.75

115. Wasteland (2010) – 86.75

114. The Tillman Story (2010) – 87

113. 13 Assassins (2010) – 87

112. Amour (2012) – 87

111. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014) – 87

110. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) – 87

109. Lost in Translation (2003) – 87

108. Million Dollar Baby (2004) – 87

107. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – 87

106. Son of Saul (2015) – 87

105. Star Trek (2009) – 87

104. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) – 87

103. Touching the Void (2003) – 87

102. A Summer’s Tale (2014) – 87.25

101. Brooklyn (2015) – 87.25

100. Burma VJ (2008) – 87.25

99. Dallas Buyer’s Club (2013) – 87.25

98. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – 87.25

97. Selma (2014) – 87.25

96. The Beaches of Agnes (2008) – 87.25

95. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) – 87.25

94. The Crash Reel (2013) – 87.25

93. The Man Without a Past (2002) – 87.25

92. Argo (2012) – 87.5

91. Bloody Sunday (2002) – 87.5

90. Bus 174 (2002) – 87.5

89, Carlos (2010) – 87.5

88. Downfall (2004) – 87.5

87. Ernest & Celestine (2012) – 87.5

86. Last Train Home (2009) – 87.5

85. Let the Right One In (2008) – 87.5

84. No Man’s Land (2001) – 87.5

83. Nostalgia for the Light (2010) – 87.5

82. There Will Be Blood (2007) – 87.5

81. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008) – 87.75

80. Gravity (2013) – 87.75

79. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) – 87.75

78. Moolaade (2004) – 87.75

77. No Country for Old Men (2007) – 87.75

76. River and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (2001) – 87.75

75. Talk to Her (2002) – 87.75

74. About Elly (2009) – 88

73. Blackfish (2013) – 88

72. City of God (2002) – 88

71. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) – 88

70. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) – 88

69. Life Itself (2014) – 88

68. Murderball (2005) – 88

67. Poetry (2010) – 88

66. Senna (2010) – 88

65. The Act of Killing (2012) – 88

64. The Hurt Locker (2008) – 88

63. The Salt of the Earth (2014) – 88

62. Before Midnight (2013) – 88.25

61. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…..and Spring (2003) – 88.25

60.The Artist (2011) – 88.25

59. 60. The Triplets of Belleville (2003) – 88.25

58. Capturing the Friedman’s (2003) – 88.5

57. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) – 88.5

56. Let the Fire Burn (2013) – 88.5

55. Short Term 12 (2013) – 88.5

54. The Social Network (2010) – 88.5

53. A Prophet (2010) – 88.75

52. Deliver Us From Evil (2006) – 88.75

51. Lagaan (2001) – 88.75

50. Man on Wire (2008) – 88.75.

49. Nobody Knows (2004)  – 88.75

48. Once (2007) – 88.75.

47. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) –  88.75

46. The King’s Speech (2010) –  88.75

45. The Square (2013) – 88.75

44. To Be and To Have (2003) – 88.75

43. Before Sunset (2004) – 89 .

42. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003) – 89

41. Finding Nemo (2003) – 89

40. Listen to Me Marlon (2015) – 89

39. Room (2015) – 89

38. The Departed (2006) – 89

37. The Twilight Samurai (2004) – 89

36. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) – 89.25

35. Promises (2002) – 89.25

34. The Cove (2009) – 89.25

33. Waltz With Bashir (2008) – 89.25

32. Zootopia (2016) – 89.25

31. Dear Zachary (2008) – 89.5

30. Persepolis (2007) – 89.5

29. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) – 89.5

28. The Song of the Sea (2014) – 89.5

27. Up (2009) – 89.5

26. Boyhood (2014) – 89.75

25. Ratatouille – (2007) – 89.75

24. The Dark Knight (2008) – 89.75

23. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)  – 90

22. Inside Job (2010) – 90

21. The Fog of War (2003) – 90

20. We Were Here (2011) – 90

19. The Pianist (2001) – 90.25

18. The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2014) – 90.25

17. Whiplash (2014) – 90.25

16. No End in Sight (2007) – 90.5

15. The Lives of Others (2006) – 90.5

14. Inside Out (2015)  – 90.75

13. Toy Story 3 (2010) – 90.75

12. Wall-E (2008) – 90.75

11. Werckmeister Harmonies (2001) – 90.75

10. 12 Years a Slave (2013) – 91

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – 91

8. Spotlight (2015) – 91

7. The Look of Silence (2015) – 91.25

6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – 91.5

5. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – 91.5

4. The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002) – 91.5

3. The Best of Youth (2003) – 91.75

2. A Separation (2011)  – 92.25

  1. Spirited Away (2001)  – 93

 

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. John Leavengood permalink
    March 24, 2016 10:08 am

    My pleasant surprises Findng Nemo, Pan’s Labyrinth and Wall-E.

    • March 24, 2016 10:09 am

      Pixar did really well on this list! Peter Jackson should be happy too.

      • John Leavengood permalink
        March 24, 2016 10:21 am

        All well-earned. I’m a gore-slathered horror hound and Nemo and Wall-E touched my heart.

  2. John Leavengood permalink
    March 24, 2016 10:14 am

    Did you evaluate ALL movies released this century? This looks like a shit-ton of work!

    • March 24, 2016 10:15 am

      Not all. That is about 5,000. I scoured all the best of lists and top 100’s to build a data set I was happy with. I am confident with this 201.

      • John Leavengood permalink
        March 24, 2016 10:22 am

        Oh, only 5000. LOL. Sounds like a pretty solid sample to me. Any doubters “can count on me waiting for [them] in the parking lot!”

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