The 2022 movies have garnered a wide range of ratings from Rotten Tomatoes. The acclaimed multiverse epic Everything Everywhere All at Once received a 95% rating; the vampire villain Morbius received only 15%; and Netflix’s polarizing Marilyn Monroe Blonde’s approval rating continues to fluctuate.
It is extremely rare for a movie to get a 100% perfect score on the Tomatometer. Even the greatest films ever made usually have at least one dissent. As a result, some bona fide masterpieces – from Casablanca to Lady Bird – end up with a near-perfect score of 99%.
Paddington 2 (2017)
Paul King’s first Paddington film scored a near-perfect 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, but his second – 2017’s Paddington 2 – managed to pass it with an ever stronger and even rarer approval rating of 99%. The thrilling and heartwarming sequel sees the titular talking bear convicted and imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.
Just like its predecessor, Paddington 2 captures the gentle and affable spirit of Michael Bond’s iconic source material, brought about by Ben Whishaw’s adorable portrayal of the titular character.
Often cited as one of the greatest films ever made, Casablanca transcended the traps of a standard studio image with a timeless romance set against the timely backdrop of a world ravaged by World War II.
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman share flawless on-screen chemistry as a pair of old flames rekindling their relationship when the latter stumbles upon the former’s gin bar with a new husband in tow.
Eighth Grade (2018)
During his break from the live stage, Bo Burnham made his directorial debut with Eighth Grade, the definitive coming-of-age film for a more complicated age of adolescence involving smartphones, social media and the struggle to be heard amidst all the noise. online.
Successful star Elsie Fisher fixes the film with a deeply human depiction of a Gen Z child struggling with anxiety, sexuality and self-awareness.
By the Sea (1954)
Marlon Brando pushed the boundaries of what was possible in the film with his compelling and hugely influential role as veteran Terry Malloy alongside Lee J. Cobb and Rod Steiger in Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront.
Everyone remembers his iconic monologue “I Could Have Been a Contestant”, but Brando’s captivating performance as a whole is considered a watershed moment in film history.
Ava DuVernay became a household name with her powerful dramatization of the suffrage marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Directed by David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr., Selma has been hailed as one of the most accurate films ever made.
Oyelowo walks a fine line between capturing the titan of the civil rights movement and portraying Dr. King as a human, while DuVernay’s direction keeps the story dynamic and not dry.
Citizen Kane (1941)
When it comes to listings of the greatest films ever made, Casablanca alternates with Citizen Kane to sit on top. Orson Welles’ magnum opus chronicles the rise and fall of a newspaper tycoon in a subtly veiled critique of the unscrupulous William Randolph Hearst.
Not only is Citizen Kane’s media pamphlet still valid today; it also paved the way for many cinematographic techniques that filmmakers continue to use in modern films: long shots, deep focus, expressionist lighting.
Golden Finger (1964)
The first two James Bond films were both blockbusters, but director Guy Hamilton perfected the Bond film formula with the third, Goldfinger. He established the action-packed cool-openers, globetrotting narratives and themes played by contemporary pop singers.
Quirky Auric Goldfinger is Bond’s latest villain, the Fort Knox ending is a thrilling setting, and the gadget-filled Aston Martin chase is one of the greatest car chases ever filmed.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Andrew Stanton’s Finding Nemo is the perfect Pixar film. Its ocean setting offered animators endless opportunities for beautiful, mesmerizing and majestic images, but the story of a father’s search to find his missing son is universally recognizable.
Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres share an impeccable alchemy in the mismatched roles of Marlin and Dory, and the film’s aquatic adventure is as moving as it is compelling.
Robert Towne’s Chinatown script is taught in every screenwriting class as an example of a perfect script. He not only defined neo-noir by updating film noir tropes for a cynical 70s sensibility; it was one of the cornerstones of the New Hollywood movement that boldly reshaped American cinema.
Starring Jack Nicholson as a private investigator and Faye Dunaway as a tragic subversion of the “femme fatale” archetype, Chinatown culminates in one of the darkest endings in film history.
Lady Bird (2017)
Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, Lady Bird, is one of the most compelling, meticulously crafted and painfully recognizable coming-of-age films ever made. About her It covers every aspect of her main character’s existence during his senior year of high school: her love life, her family life, her school life, her first job, her fluctuating friendships.
At the heart of Lady Bird is one of the most authentic representations of the ups and downs of a mother-daughter relationship, brought to life by perfectly matched Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf.