Best Limited Release Movies 2022

Happening It depicts a teenage pregnancy in 1960s France, and is praised for Anamaria Vartolomei’s central performance and director Audrey Diwan’s restraint and tone on the subject. Iranian Jafar Panahi returns after four years with no bearsand Roger Michel (notting hill) had its swan song with The Duke. Movies about movies were on directors’ minds this awards season, and Official Competition may have been understated the best of them all. It was also a strong year for documentaries, with fire of love, Navalni, Descendant, everything that breathes, Gabby Giffords won’t back downY Nothing compares rounding out the rest of the top 10.

Rank reflects Tomatometer scores (as of December 31, 2022) after adjusting our ranking formula, which compensates for variance in the number of reviews when comparing movies or TV shows.


Adjusted Score: 104621%

Critics Consensus: A hard but rewarding watch, Happening puts a personal face on an impossibly difficult choice and its heartbreaking consequences.

Synopsis: France, 1963. Anne is a bright young student with a bright future ahead of her. But when she gets pregnant… [More]


Adjusted Score: 103779%

Critics Consensus: Whether as the story of a couple’s quixotic search or simply as a stunning collection of nature images, fire of love burns bright.

Synopsis: Fire of Love tells the story of two French lovers, Katia and Maurice Krafft, who are killed in a volcanic explosion… [More]


Adjusted Score: 101709%

Critics Consensus: A sweet swan song for director Roger Michell, The Duke offers an engaging and well-acted dramatization of an entertaining and improbable true story.

Synopsis: In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year-old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National… [More]


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Critics Consensus: Navalni It’s a documentary that’s as gripping as any thriller, but the real-life struggle against authoritarianism it details is deadly serious.

Synopsis: Filmed as the story unfolded, NAVALNY is an over-the-wall thriller about Russian opposition anti-authoritarian leader Alexei Navalny. Recovering in… [More]


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Critics Consensus: no bears bears witness to Jafar Panahi’s incisive cinema as he urges viewers to examine the complex layers of a deceptively simple story: a man oppressed and repressed by his country.

Synopsis: NO BEARS portrays two parallel love stories. In both, the lovers are troubled by hidden and unavoidable obstacles, the force of… [More]


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Critics Consensus: A poetic tribute to tenacity, everything that breathes uses the tireless efforts of two brothers to make a larger point about finding triumph within tragedy.

Synopsis: In one of the most populated cities in the world, cows, rats, monkeys, frogs and pigs rub shoulders with people. Here, two… [More]



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Critics Consensus: Its premise may resonate more with movie fans, but Official CompetitionThe strict approach and sharp humor of have universal appeal.

Synopsis: Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas play two egomaniacs commissioned by a millionaire to make a movie together in this… [More]


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Critics Consensus: Inspiring and unabashedly political, Gabby Giffords won’t back down pays passionate homage to its rugged theme.

Synopsis: Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down tells the extraordinary story of former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords: her relentless fight to reclaim… [More]


Adjusted Score: 101291%

Critics Consensus: A moving look at the remarkable life and career of Sinéad O’Connor, Nothing compares it is enriching to see it whether or not you are a fan of his work.

Synopsis: NOTHING COMPARES is the story of Sinéad O’Connor’s phenomenal rise to worldwide fame and how her iconoclastic personality resulted in… [More]


Adjusted Score: 101861%

Critics Consensus: Led by a tremendous performance by Frankie Corio, After the sun deftly leads audiences into the intersection between our memories of loved ones and who they really are.

Synopsis: At a fading resort, 11-year-old Sophie treasures an exceptional time with her loving and idealistic father, Calum (Paul Mescal)… [More]


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Critics Consensus: Yes decision to leave Not quite on the same level as Park Chan-wook’s masterpieces, this romantic thriller remains a remarkable achievement by any other metric.

Synopsis: From a mountain peak in South Korea, a man plummets to his death. Did he jump or was he pushed?… [More]

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Critics Consensus: chol soo lee free powerfully tells a story of injustice while issuing a scathing indictment of the systemic racism that enabled it.

Synopsis: In 1970s San Francisco, Chol Soo Lee, a 20-year-old Korean immigrant, is accused of racial profiling and convicted of a gang murder in Chinatown…. [More]


Adjusted Score: 99443%

Critics Consensus: the inocents chillingly subverts the purity of youth in a powerfully acted thriller that lingers long after the credits roll.

Synopsis: During the brilliant Nordic summer, a group of children reveal mysterious powers. But what starts out innocent soon takes a… [More]


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Critics Consensus: Sensitively written and beautifully performed, photo of girl captures the whirlwind of adolescent emotions without sacrificing maturity and narrative depth.

Synopsis: Best friends Mimmi and Rönkkö work after school at a smoothie stand in a food court, candidly trading stories of their frustrations… [More]


Adjusted Score: 99063%

Critics Consensus: to leslieThe familiar framework of is given additional depth through a stellar Andrea Riseborough and a sensitive, nuanced approach to the addiction cycle.

Synopsis: Leslie (Andrea Riseborough) is a single mother from West Texas who struggles to support her son (Owen Teague) when he earns… [More]


Adjusted Score: 99103%

Critics Consensus: Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie offers an exciting and beautifully animated treat for anime fans, and a story that stands as a standalone effort.

Synopsis: When they were children, Rika Orimoto died in a car accident before the eyes of her close friend,… [More]


Adjusted Score: 99181%

Critics Consensus: Justice is done in Argentina 1985a crusading courtroom drama that sheds light on historically bleak times with a refreshing levity.

Synopsis: Argentina, 1985 is a feature film inspired by the true story of Julio Strassera, Luis Moreno Ocampo and their young lawyer… [More]


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Critics Consensus: Lunana: a yak in the classroom it’s a simple story with a big heart, and a reminder of cinema’s ability to communicate universal truths across international borders.

Synopsis: An aspiring singer living with his grandmother in the capital of Bhutan dreams of getting a visa to move to… [More]


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Critics Consensus: A documentary with an exciting narrative appeal, mermaids pays an exhilarating tribute to the transformative power of truth, friendship, and rock & roll.

Synopsis: SIRENS intimately chronicles the life and music of Slave to Sirens, a band made up of five young metalheads whose… [More]

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