15 of the Most Underrated Movies of 2018 According to Critics

Critics liked the unsettling aesthetic of thriller “Hold the Dark.”

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69% critics rating; 31% audience rating.

Synopsis: A naturalist venues into the Alaskan wilderness to help a woman retrieve the body of her son, who has been killed by wolves. When the woman’s husband returns home from war and learns of the situation, things take a violent turn.

What critics said: “Suddenly, what seemed like a man-vs-nature survivalist tale morphs into something that’s part Arctic Noir and part violent art-horror.”- Rolling Stone.

“Zama” is a historical drama that wowed reviewers but didn’t satisfy fans

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96% critics rating; 55% audience rating.

Synopsis: An officer of the Spanish Crown dislikes his posting in a quiet Argentinian town. He struggles to secure a transfer while dealing with a dangerous local bandit.

What critics said: “There’s absolutely nothing else like it in theaters this year, which I mean as both a hearty endorsement and a necessary forewarning.” – The Atlantic.

Biographical drama “The Mercy” fell flat with audiences but was beloved by critics

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74% critics rating; 30% audience rating.

Synopsis: The true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst’s troubled attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race by sailing around the world alone.

What critics said: “Here’s a man-vs.-nature sailing story with a significant difference. Rather than a rousing testament to the human spirit, James Marsh’s ‘The Mercy’ examines a failure to triumph, the kind of tragedy that rarely gets blown up into a movie.” – L.A. Weekly.

Biopic “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami” earned the respect of critics

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87% critics rating; 43% audience rating.

Synopsis: Pop culture icon Grace Jones is showcased in a documentary that reveals how Jones balances her public persona and career as an entertainer with her private life.

What critics said: “Perhaps Fiennes’s intent is to draw the viewer into the solipsistic intensity of what it is to be Grace Jones. It is a bracing experience, because she is hedonistic, exultant, funny, and fierce.” – The Boston Globe.

“Let the Sunshine In” is a romantic French film that earned sparkling reviews

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86% critics rating; 26% audience rating.

Synopsis: A divorced Parisian painter is on a quest for love but must deal with a stream of unsatisfying suitors.

What critics said: “There’s a Hollywood version of this tale, but that’s not the one co-writer and director Claire Denis presents. ‘Let the Sunshine In’ works because it’s real, relatable and true to the heart.” – The Detroit News

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