Best movies of the first 2 months of 2023 (by Rotten Tomatoes) ranked


Welcome to the best movies of 2023, where you can discover the latest films championed by the critics community! Every movie on the list is Certified Fresh, meaning they held on to a Tomatometer score of at least 75% after a minimum number of critics review — 40 for limited or streaming releases, 80 for wide theatrical releases, with five of those reviews coming from Top Critics.

The year started off strong with successive surprise genre hits in January, like M3GAN (from Blumhouse), Plane (starring Gerard Butler), Missing, and Infinity Pool (see the best horror movies of 2023). Notably, no wide release in February went Certified Fresh, plus we saw misfires from the normally reliable Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike’s Last Dance) and Marvel Studios (Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania).

Check back every week for the latest best new movies of 2023! Alex Vo



Critics Consensus: A bone-chilling body horror, Huesera offers genre fans a twisted take on What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

Synopsis: Valeria’s joy at becoming a first-time mother is quickly taken away when she’s cursed by a sinister entity. As danger… [More]

Starring: Natalia SoliánAlfonso DosalMayra BatallaMercedes Hernández

Directed By: Michelle Garza



Critics Consensus: Led by Laure Calamy’s gripping performance, Full Time serves as a sobering reminder that just staying financially afloat can sometimes feel like a white-knuckle thriller.

Synopsis: Single mother Julie (César award-winning actress Laure Calamy) works a grueling job as a head chambermaid in a five-star Parisian… [More]

Starring: Laure CalamyAnne SuarezGeneviève MnichCyril Gueï

Directed By: Eric Gravel



Critics Consensus: A gut-punching contemplation of a woman’s immigrant experience, Saint Omer puts a mother on the stand and the audience in the jury box to find humanity in the inhumane.

Synopsis: Saint-Omer court of law. Young novelist Rama attends the trial of Laurence Coly, a young woman accused of killing her… [More]

Starring: Kayije KagameGuslagie MalangaValérie DrévilleEge Güner

Directed By: Alice Diop



Critics Consensus: A possession thriller that knows the devil’s in the details, Attachment scares some fresh angles out of a well-worn horror subgenre.

Synopsis: ATTACHMENT is a horror romance about Maja, a has-been actress in Denmark, who falls in love with Leah, a young,… [More]

Starring: Sofie GråbølJosephine ParkEllie KendrickDavid Dencik

Directed By: Gabriel Bier Gislason



Critics Consensus: After Love marks an impressively nuanced feature debut for writer-director Aleem Khan — and a brilliant showcase for Joanna Scanlan’s dramatic chops.

Synopsis: Set in the port town of Dover, Mary Hussain suddenly finds herself a widow following the unexpected death of her… [More]

Starring: Joanna ScanlanNathalie RichardTalid ArissNasser Memarzia

Directed By: Aleem Khan



Critics Consensus: Unapologetically silly and all the more entertaining for it, M3GAN is the rare horror-comedy that delivers chuckles as effortlessly as chills.

Synopsis: M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a life-like doll programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s… [More]

Starring: Allison WilliamsViolet McGrawRonny ChiengBrian Jordan Alvarez

Directed By: Gerard Johnstone



Critics Consensus: Packing a lot into its brief runtime, Jethica anchors its supernatural thrills with the serious story of a truly terrifying stalker.

Synopsis: Hiding out in New Mexico after a freak accident, Elena runs into Jessica, an old friend from high school. When… [More]

Starring: Callie HernandezAshley Denise RobinsonAndy FaulknerWill Madden

Directed By: Pete Ohs



Critics Consensus: Juniper‘s story offers few surprises — and it doesn’t need any, with Charlotte Rampling holding the viewer rapt from start to finish.

Synopsis: Ruth (Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling) is a worldly former war correspondent now bored in retirement with a drinking problem and… [More]

Starring: Charlotte RamplingMarton CsokasGeorge FerrierEdith Poor

Directed By: Matthew J. Saville



Critics Consensus: While it may lack a narrative punch, Alcarràs captures this rural world and its heritage with a gripping sense of nostalgia for things forever gone.

Synopsis: In a small village in Catalonia, the peach farmers of the Solé family spend every summer together picking fruit from… [More]

Starring: Berta PipóJordi Pujol DolcetAnna OtinXènia Roset

Directed By: Carla Simón



Critics Consensus: With a bracingly irreverent approach to its story and Emma Mackey bringing Brontë vibrantly to life, Emily is a biopic that manages to feel true while taking entertaining creative liberties.

Synopsis: EMILY imagines Emily Brontë’s own Gothic story that inspired her seminal novel, “Wuthering Heights.” Haunted by the death of her… [More]

Starring: Emma MackeyFionn WhiteheadOliver Jackson-CohenAlexandra Dowling

Directed By: Frances O’Connor



Critics Consensus: Turbulent waters even for strong swimmers, Infinity Pool provides a visceral all-inclusive retreat of Cronenbergian perversion for those wanting to escape commercial sundries.

Synopsis: While staying at an isolated island resort, James (Alexander Skarsgård) and Em (Cleopatra Coleman) are enjoying a perfect vacation of… [More]

Starring: Alexander SkarsgårdMia GothCleopatra ColemanThomas Kretschmann

Directed By: Brandon Cronenberg



Critics Consensus: Missing can strain credulity in its efforts to keep the audience guessing, but a fast pace and relatable fears keep this twisty techno-thriller from completely losing its way.

Synopsis: When her mother (Nia Long) disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, June’s (Storm Reid) search for… [More]

Starring: Storm ReidJoaquim de AlmeidaKen LeungAmy Landecker

Directed By: Will MerrickNicholas D. Johnson



Critics Consensus: While it may not belong in the upper ranks of cinematic queer love stories, Of an Age is a moving romance elevated by powerhouse performances.

Synopsis: OF AN AGE is set in the summer of 1999 as a 17-year-old Serbian born, Australian amateur ballroom dancer experiences… [More]

Starring: Elias AntonThom GreenHattie HookJack Kenny

Directed By: Goran Stolevski



Critics Consensus: Smart, self-aware, and all too timely, this slasher co-written by Kevin Williamson is Sick in all the best ways.

Synopsis: As the pandemic steadily brings the world to a halt, Parker and her best friend Miri decide to quarantine at… [More]

Starring: Gideon AdlonDylan SprayberryBethlehem MillionJane Adams

Directed By: John Hyams



Critics Consensus: Narratively sparse and visually vast, Pacifiction is a tsunami of a political thriller that philosophically rewards those willing to weather it.

Synopsis: On the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, the High Commissioner of the Republic and French government official DE ROLLER is… [More]

Starring: Benoît MagimelPahoa MahagafanauMatahi PambrunMarc Susini

Directed By: Albert Serra



Critics Consensus: A solid showcase for Jim Gaffigan as well as a sneakily ambitious dramedy, Linoleum adds another impressive entry to writer-director Colin West’s filmography.

Synopsis: Cameron Edwin (Jim Gaffigan), the host of a failing children’s science TV show called “Above & Beyond”, has always had… [More]

Starring: Jim GaffiganRhea SeehornKatelyn NaconGabriel Rush

Directed By: Colin West



Critics Consensus: Within the outline of its fairly standard story, The Offering puts a unique — and often genuinely scary — spin on demonic possession horror tropes.

Synopsis: In the wake of a young Jewish girl’s disappearance, the son of a Hasidic funeral director returns home with his… [More]

Starring: Nick BloodEmm WisemanAllan CordunerPaul Kaye

Directed By: Oliver Park



Critics Consensus: Plane charts a standard action-adventure course with its cruising altitude just a few miles above Direct-to-Video — but with Gerard Butler in the cockpit, thriller enthusiasts will still find this a fun flight.

Synopsis: In the white-knuckle action movie PLANE, pilot Brodie Torrance (Gerard Butler) saves his passengers from a lightning strike by making… [More]

Starring: Gerard ButlerMike ColterYoson AnDaniella Pineda

Directed By: Jean-François Richet

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