The Best Films of 2016

Best Movies of 2016 Variety Critics
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Variety Chief Film Critics Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge found way too many good movies to count this year. But in their Best of 2016 lists, they have each counted 10. Here’s to the ones who dream.

Owen Gleiberman’s top 10 films of 2016 | Read more
1. La La Land
2. Hell or High Water
3. Manchester by the Sea
4. I Am Not Your Negro
5. Jackie
6. Sully
7. Don’t Think Twice
8. Snowden
9. Deadpool
10. Patriots Day

Peter Debruge’s top 10 films of 2016 | Read more
1. Hell or High Water
2. Moonlight
3. Miles Ahead
4. Toni Erdmann
5. Christine
6. Elle
7. Fences
8. La La Land
9. Your Name
10. Paterson

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  1. Common Sense says:

    Not a single actual great movie aside from Deadpool……..which you’ve got in 9th place…….


    “Professional’ critics have the most laughably abysmal taste i’ve ever seen.

  2. stevenkovacs says:

    Hacksaw Ridge earned a spot on ANYONE’S Top 10 List!

  3. loco73 says:

    “Arrival”, “Anthropoid” and “The Infiltrator” should also be on the list. I would add “Doctor Strange”, “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” and “Rogue One”…

  4. facts! says:

    “Jackie” is so mediocre. This is the kind of movie that would have been buried 10-20 years ago. Portman is fine, but it has no original point of view, its biggest problem. I kept waiting for some epiphany, and it never came.

  5. anbudmor says:

    Saw “Hell or High Water” last night. A good film; but if it is really the top 1 or 2 film of the year, then it is time for Hollywood to drop the mic and close shop.

  6. Rafael Moraes Moura says:

    Variety critics should watch foreign movies more often…

  7. Hans says:

    I’m glad Hell or High Water was up there on both lists. That movie was great.

  8. Dana says:

    The Light Between Oceans was fabulous! Both actors deserve Oscars!!!!

  9. Dellie Q. says:

    I’ve seen about half of the movies mentioned. Zootopia is on par.

  10. jim says:

    Wow no hacksaw ridge? These critics wouldn’t know a good film if it bit them on the a$$.

  11. IT--II--IT says:

    The Intel RUN Hollywood franchise slum goes from STALE – –to very, very STALE.

    The BEST films of 2016 were, again, those that were never made.



  12. Nate says:

    Thank goodness that awful kubo and the boring strings isn’t on this list. But then again, it’s just a cartoon.

  13. Geo says:

    Gee, I wonder why “Hacksaw Ridge” isn’t on either list. ‘Cause directed by the naughty Mel Gibson? It’s a powerful film, beautifully acted by all the cast, and though the battle scenes are gut-wrenching it can’t be denied they are stunning and superior to any battle scenes ever put on film.

  14. Cath says:

    How about a list of movies people have seen? Deadpool and Sully are the only ones that have played in our area. Not much hope for the ones that haven’t come out yet either.

  15. JD says:

    All of the accolades for “Birth of a Nation” seemed to go bye-bye after all of the news about it’s director. So much for separating the art from the artist.

  16. Well meaning films no one saw says:

    Other than Deadpool, Patriots Day and Sully both look like lists for the Spirit Awards.

  17. jfafilms says:

    Didn’t you fellas see Silence yet? Should def be on that list… :)

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