What Movies Are People Saying Were the Best of 2023?

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The year 2023 was a great one for the movie industry, and we’ve seen an extraordinary set of movies come out this year that made the Oscars, Gotham Awards, and other film awards a serious competition. From historical dramas to animated films to new takes on classic franchises, here are seven of the year’s top movies that critics and fans are calling the best of 2023.

‘Oppenheimer’

This biopic of the infamous “father of the atomic bomb” received widespread critical acclaim for its stunning visuals, Christopher Nolan’s masterful direction, and Cillian Murphy’s powerful performance as J. Robert Oppenheimer. This film is a must-see for history buffs and fans of Christopher Nolan’s work.

‘Past Lives’

‘Past Lives’ was one of the breakthrough films of the year, winning Best Feature at the 2023 Gotham Awards. This independent Korean drama captivated audiences with its poignant exploration of love, memory, and reincarnation. The film’s beautiful cinematography and nuanced performances from Greta Lee and Teo Yoo were also praised.

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’

This long-awaited sequel to the 2018 Oscar-winning animated film ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ did not disappoint, wowing audiences with its stunning visuals, emotional storytelling, and Miles Morales’ return as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. These films have been a unique take on the Spider-Man franchise, showing the interactions and teamwork between the members of the “Spider Society” across the multiverse.

‘The Holdovers’

The independent comedy-drama ‘The Holdovers’ resonated with audiences for Paul Giamatti’s heartwarming portrayal of a boarding school teacher who is forced to chaperone a group of ‘holdover’ students who have nowhere to go on their Christmas break. This unconventional Christmas movie scored an average of 82 out of 100 from critics on review aggregator site Metacritic, which named it a “Metacritic Must-See.”

‘John Wick: Chapter 4’

Keanu Reeves returned as the legendary assassin John Wick in ‘John Wick: Chapter 4,’ the newest installment in the franchise. The film delivered high-octane fight sequences and a satisfying continuation of John Wick’s ongoing saga as John seeks to get revenge on the High Table, the council of overlords that governs the world’s largest criminal organizations.

‘Poor Things’

‘Poor Things’, a sci-fi dark comedy about a Victorian-era woman who is resurrected by a mad scientist, was one of the most unique and critically acclaimed movies of the year. The movie is based on the 1992 novel ‘Poor Things: Episodes from the Early Life of Archibald McCandless M.D., Scottish Public Health Officer’ by Scottish writer Alasdair Gray. This period piece features an all-star cast, including Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, and Willem Dafoe in the leading roles.

‘Barbie’

2023 also saw the highly anticipated arrival of ‘Barbie,’ a live-action reimagining of the iconic doll. In this film directed by Greta Gerwig, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling play Barbie and her boyfriend Ken. The film’s blend of humor, social commentary, and stunning visuals have taken critics and audience members by storm, and it’s easily one of the most award–winning and beloved movies of the year.