The Top 10 Movies of 2015

It’s been a great year in film, with huge blockbusters balanced by weighty, smaller films. Which films landed in our top 10 of the year and how do our rankings stack up with others’? Keep reading to find out!

10. Steve Jobs

+: Brilliant portrayals by Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. Top notch casting all around. Interestingly told through vignettes.

-: The film’s narrative structure overwhelms its subject.

Our Score: B

Rotten Tomatoes: 85% | IMDB: 7.7 | Metacritic: 82

9. The Good Dinosaur

+: Fantastic family film. Eye-popping visuals. Heartwarming tale.

-: Doesn’t have much to offer those without kids. Can feel like a bit of a letdown after other great Pixar films.

Our Score: B+

Rotten Tomatoes: 76% | IMDB: 7.2 | Metacritic: 66

8. The Martian

+: Fun with science! Matt Damon is charming as usual. Very immersive.

-: The film drags heavily after the midpoint. It’s easy to get bored with scenes not taking place on Mars.

Our Score: B+

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% | IMDB: 8.2 | Metacritic: 80

7. Mad Max: Fury Road

+: Practical effects are unbelievable. Probably the best visually designed film in more than a decade. Soundtrack adds to the overall impact of the film.

-: Hard to care about Max or even Furiosa. The character arcs are thin.

Our Score: B+

Rotten Tomatoes: 97% | IMDB: 8.2 | Metacritic: 89

6. Paddington

+: Perhaps one of the best kid-oriented films ever to come out. Delivers fully on its promise. The bears are great.

-: Silly villain that suits a kids movie, but won’t entertain anyone else.

Our Score: B+

Rotten Tomatoes: 98% | IMDB: 7.2 | Metacritic: 77

5. Bridge of Spies

+: Weighty subject tackled excellently by Spielberg. Film never seems to drag. Compelling characters portrayed compellingly.

-: The antagonists are all overly silly, dulling the feeling of danger they should pose.

Our Score: B+

Rotten Tomatoes: 91% | IMDB 7.9 | Metacritic: 81

4. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

+: Heartfelt. Visually elaborate but without overwhelming a simple story. Tells a plethora of stories within one defining narrative.

-: Sometimes a little *too* indie.

Our Score: B+

Rotten Tomatoes: 82% | IMDB: 7.8 | Metacritic: 74

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

+: Star Wars is back! Talks, walks, and acts like a Star Wars film. The new cast is fantastic. Good blend of old and new.

-: Story feels like a reboot, and not a very original one at that.

Our Score: B+

Rotten Tomatoes: 95% | IMDB: 8.7 | Metacritic: 81

2. Creed

+: Rocky is back! Talks, walks, and acts like a Rocky film. The new cast is fantastic. Good blend of old and new.

-: Cinematography and film direction at times leaves something to be desired.

Our Score: B+

Rotten Tomatoes: 94% | IMDB: 8.7 | Metacritic: 82

1. Inside Out

+: Tells a serious tale in an abstract way which never feels forced. All the feels. Bing Bong. Leaves you thinking about your own mind long after the film is over.

-: The main character is a little annoying over the course of a 90-minute film. Not as visually stunning as we’ve come to expect from Pixar.

Our Score: A-

Rotten Tomatoes: 98% | IMDB: 8.4 | Metacritic: 94

We don’t watch every movie, so did we miss anything? If so, let us know in the comments below!

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  25. Mad Max should have been number one, hands down! Second: Star wars: The Force Awakens. Inside out maybe should have been on this list… But wayyyyy down it. Mad Max was the best movie I saw last year. No questions. Disappointed it wasn’t on the top of the list.

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