Best-Reviewed Musicals & Music Movies 2019

With the infamously furry big-budget musical event of the year clawed to death by critics and largely ignored by audiences, this category was open to a number of smaller indie takes on the genre (see Her Smell, Teen Spirit, and Wild Rose). Still, it was another big-budget musical from early in the year that did best with critics, with Elton John biopic Rocketman earning standing – floating? – ovations and lead star Taron Egerton getting plenty of buzz heading into awards season.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2019. Scores might change over time.

#1

Rocketman (2019)
89%

#1
Adjusted Score: 105.503%
Critics Consensus: It's going to be a long, long time before a rock biopic manages to capture the highs and lows of an artist's life like Rocketman.
Synopsis: ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the... [More]
Directed By: Dexter Fletcher

#2

Wild Rose (2019)
92%

#2
Adjusted Score: 99.8%
Critics Consensus: There's no shortage of star-is-born stories, but Wild Rose proves they can still be thoroughly entertaining -- and marks its own transcendent moment for lead Jessie Buckley.
Synopsis: WILD ROSE tells the complicated story of Rose-Lynn, a woman on a quest to become a country music star, while... [More]
Directed By: Tom Harper

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 99.798%
Critics Consensus: Like a life-affirming rock anthem, Blinded by the Light hits familiar chords with confidence and flair, building to a conclusion that leaves audiences cheering for an encore.
Synopsis: 1987. When music fanatic Javed discovers the illustrious back catalogue of The Boss his world is turned upside down; already... [More]
Directed By: Gurinder Chadha

#4

Judy (2019)
82%

#4
Adjusted Score: 96.037%
Critics Consensus: Led by a deeply committed performance from Renée Zellweger, Judy captures the waning days of a beloved performer with clear-eyed compassion.
Synopsis: Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Goold

#5

Her Smell (2019)
83%

#5
Adjusted Score: 88.237%
Critics Consensus: Held together by a gripping lead performance from Elisabeth Moss, Her Smell is challenging and admittedly uneven, but ultimately worth the effort.
Synopsis: Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) is a '90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio Something... [More]
Directed By: Alex Ross Perry

Tag Cloud

MCU Disney Plus Mary poppins vampires Sundance NYCC Shondaland Rom-Com crime Horror 2018 Character Guide LGBT GLAAD Western ghosts Rock Polls and Games screen actors guild Emmy Nominations Amazon Studios DC Universe 2017 Reality Discovery Channel elevated horror Country E3 BET nature E! rotten movies we love Sundance TV Apple TV Plus DC streaming service Travel Channel 21st Century Fox jamie lee curtis Trailer 24 frames CMT Pop TV doctor who Peacock USA Marvel Studios witnail television TIFF Fall TV TV renewals technology Warner Bros. dc Cosplay casting composers Opinion A24 police drama festivals Toys spain Dark Horse Comics Musical anime franchise Trivia Elton John IFC OneApp Trophy Talk SDCC Awards Tour Comedy Lucasfilm crime drama children's TV documentary PBS HBO Max Arrowverse Watching Series Women's History Month HBO 007 Best and Worst Music Turner Classic Movies game show spanish language natural history ABC Family Quiz Ellie Kemper Musicals Nat Geo Endgame Pet Sematary zero dark thirty aliens joker binge cancelled TBS medical drama El Rey Brie Larson Baby Yoda unscripted spy thriller versus robots based on movie cooking ESPN cancelled TV shows Vudu romantic comedy SXSW christmas movies Apple directors foreign discovery IFC Films Superheroes Classic Film TV Film political drama Shudder blaxploitation A&E Certified Fresh Rocketman Acorn TV movies CW Seed Walt Disney Pictures Marvel Television DirecTV biography Rocky Showtime Television Academy TruTV mockumentary Avengers Ovation diversity Spectrum Originals renewed TV shows breaking bad YouTube dceu romance comic Martial Arts Mystery Ghostbusters Hallmark Christmas movies FOX dogs Countdown finale Lifetime Christmas movies Funimation scary movies Stephen King Kids & Family Sony Pictures batman revenge The Witch Pixar cartoon Binge Guide Cartoon Network Drama NBC south america crossover cults Biopics Black History Month First Reviews YouTube Red psychological thriller Hulu theme song See It Skip It Netflix justice league Disney+ Disney Plus Amazon Prime crime thriller Family Extras Premiere Dates Thanksgiving cops Film Festival facebook CBS All Access Calendar comics name the review miniseries Crackle Heroines science fiction Photos spinoff Fantasy Set visit game of thrones TCA Winter 2020 TCA Lifetime Winners Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Summer 2015 45 Video Games Disney streaming service Emmys GoT Holidays TCA 2017 ratings social media New York Comic Con Tarantino Disney Sundance Now award winner Christmas National Geographic adaptation Action canceled dragons RT History Academy Awards space CNN hist Superheroe slashers VH1 FX on Hulu DC Comics CBS teaser Mary Poppins Returns TNT Paramount werewolf Red Carpet Food Network Animation ABC The Walking Dead politics quibi Star Wars anthology APB 2019 Netflix Christmas movies tv talk halloween 2016 independent sag awards Star Trek Syfy Writers Guild of America Amazon Prime Video boxoffice richard e. Grant Comedy Central Winter TV Fox News DGA Spike streaming animated San Diego Comic-Con Oscars universal monsters RT21 BBC dramedy Captain marvel canceled TV shows sports mutant Freeform Starz comiccon Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Bravo Esquire Crunchyroll The Purge Box Office golden globes Lionsgate Amazon Turner VICE true crime OWN Infographic Pop Chernobyl cars ITV thriller President The Arrangement toy story TLC spider-man X-Men PaleyFest Reality Competition The CW sequel Pirates Cannes book TCM stand-up comedy war Schedule GIFs cancelled television Comics on TV Universal Adult Swim MSNBC Podcast BBC America Britbox WarnerMedia Mindy Kaling Teen movie Hallmark Tomatazos reboot YouTube Premium Mary Tyler Moore FXX zombies free movies Logo Masterpiece adventure green book Anna Paquin FX Disney Channel serial killer blockbuster Sci-Fi series kids singing competition Mudbound Nominations 2020 harry potter cats Nickelodeon Interview psycho talk show hispanic cinemax reviews Epix History YA supernatural Song of Ice and Fire transformers Comic Book 71st Emmy Awards Valentine's Day Black Mirror Apple TV+ Marathons sitcom MTV Marvel travel USA Network 20th Century Fox Super Bowl Election Pride Month LGBTQ Tumblr Tubi Columbia Pictures Holiday zombie Sneak Peek strong female leads AMC disaster docudrama SundanceTV Grammys historical drama what to watch period drama cancelled TV series Spring TV screenings latino Awards First Look American Society of Cinematographers Year in Review TV Land Creative Arts Emmys indie video WGN Paramount Network