2020 Fall TV & Streaming Scorecard

December 23, 2020

We’ve tracked the best (and worst) TV and streaming offerings since mid-September, gathering a list of all the premieres this season — series, miniseries, and TV movies across cable, broadcast, and streaming — and ranked them by Tomatometer.

To be included, each TV show on the list must have received at least 10 critic reviews, while TV movies had to have at least 20 reviews. So if you’re wondering why your favorite show or TV movie isn’t on here, it likely just doesn’t yet have enough reviews to qualify under our criteria. And remember: a Certified Fresh badge generally means that a show or film has earned the respect of the majority of reviewers weighing in (at least 20 for a TV season and 40 for movies on TV and streaming), including some of the industry’s top critics.

The series included have premiered since September 22, so if you want to see a title like the second season of Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys, have a look at how it did on our Spring-Summer TV Scorecard, which tracked TV series and movies that premiered between March 20 and September 21.

Since 2020 was a rather unique year, there are definitely more streaming films included in this list than in years past. But unsurprisingly, TV shows that wound up on top include the well-reviewed sensation The Queen’s Gambit, HBO Max whodunnit The Flight Attendant (which started as a limited series but has been renewed for a second season), and the fourth season of The Crown. The lack of broadcast series on this list is unquestionably due to pandemic-related production pauses, in case you were wondering about the network representation.

Ultimately, seven different series and films wound up at the top of the list with Tomatometer scores of 100, while a dozen more rounded out the top of the pack with scores of 97, 98 or 99. Read on for the full list of Fall TV shows and movies that premiered through December 20.

#124

Books of Blood (2020)
21%

#124
Adjusted Score: 22077%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A journey into uncharted territory through three tales tangled in space and time.... [More]
Directed By: Brannon Braga

#123
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Helstrom's strong visual effects can't save it from the fact that its characters simply aren't interesting enough to overcome their familiar setting.

#122

Hillbilly Elegy (2020)
25%

#122
Adjusted Score: 42621%
Critics Consensus: With the form of an awards-season hopeful but the soul of a bland melodrama, Hillbilly Elegy strands some very fine actors in the not-so-deep South.
Synopsis: A Yale Law student drawn back to his Appalachian hometown reflects on his family's history and his own future.... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#121
#121
Adjusted Score: 34971%
Critics Consensus: You won't need Superintelligence to steer clear of the latest forgettable comedy to fail to take full advantage of Melissa McCarthy's talents.
Synopsis: When an all-powerful Superintelligence, played by James Cordon, chooses to study the most average person on Earth, Carol Peters, played... [More]
Directed By: Ben Falcone

#120
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Selena: The Series's affections are obvious, but by not probing deeper into Selena herself it fails to capture the woman behind the legacy, settling for just-another-retelling of the charismatic star's life instead of something more.

#119

Blood and Money (2020)
39%

#119
Adjusted Score: 39706%
Critics Consensus: Blood and Money gives Tom Berenger a too-rare opportunity to take the spotlight -- along with a middling script that falls back too often on action movie clichés.
Synopsis: A retired veteran hunting in Allagash, Maine, discovers a dead woman with a duffel bag full of money. He soon... [More]
Directed By: John Barr

#118

Rebecca (2020)
39%

#118
Adjusted Score: 53690%
Critics Consensus: Ben Wheatley's Rebecca remake is ravishing to behold, but it never quite gets to the heart of the classic source material -- or truly justifies its own existence.
Synopsis: A young newlywed arrives at her husband's imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the... [More]
Directed By: Ben Wheatley

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: World Beyond's strong performances and new perspective within The Walking Dead universe aren't enough to make it stand out in an increasingly crowded franchise.

#116

The Lie (2018)
43%

#116
Adjusted Score: 46712%
Critics Consensus: Queasily compelling without ever truly coming together, The Lie won't fool many viewers seeking worthwhile horror fare.
Synopsis: A man and his wife fall into a web of lies and deceit when they try to cover up their... [More]
Directed By: Veena Sud

#115

Holidate (2020)
44%

#115
Adjusted Score: 46234%
Critics Consensus: Holidate's self-aware approach to rom-com formula is refreshing, but it's offset by a questionable premise and unnecessarily vulgar jokes.
Synopsis: Fed up with being single on holidays, two strangers agree to be each other's platonic plus-ones all year long, only... [More]
Directed By: John P. Whitesell

#114

Black Beauty (2020)
48%

#114
Adjusted Score: 49413%
Critics Consensus: Unable to rein in the complexities of its source material, Black Beauty struggles to gallop out of the paddock.
Synopsis: In this modern day reimagining of Anna Sewell's timeless classic, we follow Black Beauty, a wild horse born free in... [More]
Directed By: Ashley Avis

#113
#113
Adjusted Score: 61428%
Critics Consensus: The Witches misses a few spells, but Anne Hathaway's game performance might be enough to bewitch fans of this Roald Dahl tale.
Synopsis: In late 1967, a young orphaned boy goes to live with his loving grandma in the rural Alabama town of... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#112

Evil Eye (2020)
44%

#112
Adjusted Score: 47007%
Critics Consensus: With Evil Eye, directors Elan and Rajeev Dassani spy a premise that has no shortage of potential, but despite the efforts of a game cast, it remains tantalizingly unfulfilled.
Synopsis: A seemingly perfect romance turns into a nightmare when a woman becomes convinced that her daughter's new boyfriend has a... [More]

#111

Hubie Halloween (2020)
52%

#111
Adjusted Score: 57083%
Critics Consensus: Viewers immune to its star's charms won't find it much of a treat, but Hubie Halloween is sweet enough to satisfy fans of Adam Sandler's antics.
Synopsis: It's October 31st in Salem, Massachusetts, and a town's eccentric, devoted community volunteer and the good-natured object of his fellow... [More]
Directed By: Steven Brill

Utopia: Season 1 (2020)
51%

#110
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Utopia's cast and mystery at times transcend its overtly cynical and overly violent tendencies, but even those willing to look past the torture may find the whole thing too timely - in a bad way.

#109
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The Right Stuff contains some grace notes in its depiction of America's first slate of astronauts, but this tired retread of Tom Wolfe's famed book mostly makes the wrong moves in revitalizing space race history for the modern era.

#108
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Black Narcissus doesn't quite escape the shadow of its cinematic forebear, but this miniseries sufficiently keeps the faith with excellent performances and visual splendor.

#107
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Aided greatly by its solid cast, Social Distance sustains a surprising amount of energy given its subject matter and format - still, it's a little too close to home to fully succeed.

#106
Adjusted Score: 57226%
Critics Consensus: Secret Society of Second-Born Royals holds up just well enough to suffice as a streaming diversion -- which may be all its target demographic is looking for.
Synopsis: A rebellious princess is stunned to learn that she has superpowers and belongs to a secret society with a longstanding... [More]
Directed By: Anna Mastro

#105

Nocturne (2020)
62%

#105
Adjusted Score: 65301%
Critics Consensus: Nocturne's thought-provoking themes find themselves at odds with its genre ingredients, resulting in a mild blend that isn't quite pulpy enough.
Synopsis: Inside the halls of an elite arts academy, a timid music student begins to outshine her more accomplished and outgoing... [More]
Directed By: Zu Quirke

#104
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Despite a talent central trio and a few great moments, Moonbase 8's portrait of monotonous mediocrity may be too low-key for some viewers to achieve comedic lift off - though that may be exactly the point.

#103
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though its depiction of France is tré cliché, Emily in Paris is rom-com fantasy at its finest, spectacularly dressed and filled with charming performances.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A Wilderness of Errors' investigation of a well-trodden case struggles to justify its runtime - still, those comfortable with ambiguity may find its inconclusiveness strangely appealing.
Starring:

COBRA: Season 1 (1993)
67%

#101
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Despite being predictable and a bit uneven, Cobra's great cast and intriguing premise deliver an electrifying and bingeable first season.
Starring:

NEXT: Season 1 (2020)
64%

#100
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: John Slattery is convincing as a charismatic genius, but neXt's procedural formula could have used more of the intelligence possessed by the series' rogue A.I.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The Trouble With Maggie Cole is that it's logical leaps and tonal incongruities make for a dizzying viewing experience - albeit one with fun performances that's maybe a little confusing, but never dull.

#98

Bad Hair (2020)
62%

#98
Adjusted Score: 67085%
Critics Consensus: Bad Hair's unwieldy ambitions are easy to respect -- even if the film's tonal jumble and uneven execution are impossible to ignore.
Synopsis: Terror strikes when a woman's new hair weave seems to take on a life of its own.... [More]
Directed By: Justin Simien

Big Sky: Season 1 (2020)
61%

#97
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Big Sky's shaky setup doesn't do it many favors, but viewers who can push through may find its fast-paced, twisty mystery compelling enough.

#96
Adjusted Score: 56855%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with boyfriend Kevin, it's up to... [More]
Directed By: Mike Rohl

#95
Adjusted Score: 63596%
Critics Consensus: Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square isn't quite up to its star's standards, but its overwhelming good cheer and campy self-awareness may be just what viewers are looking for.
Synopsis: A woman who plans to sell a small town without regard for the people who live there receives a visit... [More]
Directed By: Debbie Allen

Roadkill: Season 1 (2020)
68%

#94
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Hugh Laurie is reliably solid, but Roadkill is riddled with plot holes -- though those okay with a bumpy ride may find it a diverting enough drive.
Directed By: Michael Keillor

#93

The Glorias (2020)
68%

#93
Adjusted Score: 77311%
Critics Consensus: Uneven yet engaging, The Glorias honors the work of a pivotal American activist without quite capturing her trailblazing spirit.
Synopsis: The story of Gloria Steinem -- from her childhood in 1940s Ohio to her leading role in the women's liberation... [More]
Directed By: Julie Taymor

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Despite some impressive performances, The Comey Rule's chaotic approach to current events clarifies very little, further obscuring the facts of already confusing circumstances without adding much insight.

#91

Godmothered (2020)
68%

#91
Adjusted Score: 72342%
Critics Consensus: More bippity boppity than boo, Godmothered tweaks fairytale conventions with just enough self-aware humor to overcome a disappointing deficit of genuine magic.
Synopsis: Set at Christmas time, "Godmothered" is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training (Jillian Bell), who upon hearing... [More]
Directed By: Sharon Maguire

Soulmates: Season 1 (2020)
73%

#90
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Well-performed, but frustratingly fleeting, Soulmates asks some interesting questions, but its anthology approach cuts any novel revelations short.

#89
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A Suitable Boy's concise approach to its sprawling source material may leave fans wanting, but stunning set pieces and charming performances make for a suitable introduction.
Directed By: Mira Nair, Shimit Amin

#88
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Grand Army is an excellent showcase for its exciting cast of newcomers - even if its attempt at an honest approach to adolescence is too overwrought to make an impact.

#87
Adjusted Score: 76154%
Critics Consensus: The Force isn't fully with this Lego Star Wars adventure, but its affectionate franchise callbacks and self-aware humor should please fans looking to spend their holidays in a galaxy far, far away...
Synopsis: "The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special" reunites Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, Rose and the droids for a joyous feast on... [More]
Directed By: Ken Cunningham

#86
Adjusted Score: 69376%
Critics Consensus: While it's missing some of the magic of the original, The Christmas Chronicles 2 serves up a sweet second helping of holiday cheer that makes the most of its marvelously matched leads.
Synopsis: Teenager Kate Pierce is reunited with Santa Claus when a troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas -- forever.... [More]
Directed By: Chris Columbus

#85
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful, but slight, A Teacher's attempts to unpack its cautionary tale are admirable, even if its approach is too muted to make a meaningful impact.

#84

Black Box (2020)
70%

#84
Adjusted Score: 73970%
Critics Consensus: An intriguing debut for writer-director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Black Box compensates for a lack of surprises with strong performances and an emotionally rewarding story.
Synopsis: After losing his wife and memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment that causes... [More]
Directed By: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour

#83
#83
Adjusted Score: 73539%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Max and Drew run a popular webcast that streams "live exorcisms" watched by millions across the globe. In reality, the... [More]
Directed By: Damien LeVeck

#82
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: It may not be as laugh-out-loud funny as Nick Frost and Simon Pegg's previous collaborations, but Truth Seekers is genuinely eerie, balancing out its silly sensibilities with creeping terror and a scary talented cast.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though its non-linear plotting distracts, The Trial of Christine Keeler remains an engaging -- if somewhat redundant -- lesson in history carried by the strength of its performers.

#80

Clouds (2020)
76%

#80
Adjusted Score: 76857%
Critics Consensus: Although its emotional swings occasionally miss, Clouds soars higher than most young adult films -- and proves director Justin Baldoni's mastery behind the camera.
Synopsis: Teenager Zach Sobiech forms the music group A Firm Handshake and records the inspirational hit single "Clouds."... [More]
Directed By: Justin Baldoni

Industry: Season 1 (2020)
76%

#79
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though Industry's social critiques tend toward the superficial, sharp writing and an excellent ensemble make it easy to enjoy its soapy workplace drama anyway.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though the intended grade isn't always clear, Saved By The Bell's capable cast of newcomers make Bayside's halls their own in a reboot that's smart, self-aware, and seriously funny.

#77
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The Undoing is a beautifully shot mystery that benefits greatly from Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant's performances - if only its story was as strong as its star power.
Directed By: Susanne Bier

#76

I Am Greta (2020)
80%

#76
Adjusted Score: 84157%
Critics Consensus: Audiences might not learn anything new from I Am Greta, but its stirring chronicle of the young activist's efforts is inspiring.
Synopsis: Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg leads a global movement on the climate change crisis.... [More]
Starring: Greta Thunberg
Directed By: Nathan Grossman

#75
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Charming and chaotic, if slightly too caustic, Animaniacs is a delightful revitalization of a beloved series that's fun enough to make up for any early fumbles.

#74

Uncle Frank (2020)
77%

#74
Adjusted Score: 84828%
Critics Consensus: Uncle Frank finds writer-director Alan Ball still untangling the modern American family dynamic, aided by standout work from Paul Bettany and Sophia Lillis.
Synopsis: In 1973, teenaged Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her... [More]
Directed By: Alan Ball

#73

Over the Moon (2020)
81%

#73
Adjusted Score: 87419%
Critics Consensus: Although many of Over the Moon's narrative ingredients will seem familiar, the film's absorbing animation offers colorful compensation.
Synopsis: An adventurous girl builds a rocket ship to meet a mythical goddess on the moon.... [More]
Directed By: Glen Keane

Code 404: Season 1 (2020)
80%

#72
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

#71
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though it struggles to find a strong through line, Monsterland's cross-country scares are a perfect showcase for its talented cast and crew

#70

Charm City Kings (2020)
79%

#70
Adjusted Score: 81229%
Critics Consensus: Charm City Kings falls shy of more effective similarly themed coming-of-age films, but strong direction and engaging performances make its flaws easy to forgive.
Synopsis: Growing up in West Baltimore, teenage Mouse (JAHI DI'ALLO WINSTON, Queen & Slim, Proud Mary, The Upside) feels the fierce... [More]
Directed By: Angel Manuel Soto

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Agents of Chaos' lack of larger conclusions may frustrate, but Alex Gibney's extensive reporting helps make some sense of the small moments that added up to the controversial 2016 election.
Starring:
Directed By: Alex Gibney

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: His Dark Materials' chilly emotional core and imposing complexity is unlikely to win over the unconverted, but its sophomore season rewards the faithful with impeccable production values and cerebral thrills.

#67

I'm Your Woman (2020)
80%

#67
Adjusted Score: 90350%
Critics Consensus: Smart, sophisticated, and subversive, I'm Your Woman is brought to life by a powerful performance from Rachel Brosnahan -- and finds director Julia Hart in near-total command of her craft.
Synopsis: In this 1970s set crime drama, a woman is forced to go on the run after her husband betrays his... [More]
Directed By: Julia Hart

Fargo: Season 4 (2020)
84%

#66
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though Fargo's ambitious fourth season struggles to maintain momentum, fine performances and a change of scenery make for an engaging -- if uneven -- departure from the series' norm.

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 87824%
Critics Consensus: The Boys in the Band brings the classic stage play back to the screen with a well-acted adaptation containing surprising -- and poignant -- modern relevance.
Synopsis: A visitor turns an evening upside down when he interrupts a gathering of gay men in New York City in... [More]
Directed By: Joe Mantello

#64

Scare Me (2020)
82%

#64
Adjusted Score: 85160%
Critics Consensus: Smart, well-acted, and suitably chilling, Scare Me uses its familiar horror setting as the backdrop for a fresh deconstruction of standard genre ingredients.
Synopsis: Two strangers tell scary stories in a Catskills cabin during a power outage.... [More]
Directed By: Josh Ruben

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Tense and thrilling, White House Farm teeters on too long, but maintains its hold with gripping performances and glossy production values.
Starring:

#62
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: It could stand to dig deeper, but The Reagans is a sturdy primer on a controversial first family that acts as a staunch reminder of the long-term impacts of drastic policy changes.
Starring:

#61

Happiest Season (2020)
82%

#61
Adjusted Score: 95284%
Critics Consensus: A jolly good time with heartfelt performances and more than enough holiday cheer, all you'll want for Christmas is Happiest Season.
Synopsis: This romantic comedy is about longtime lesbian couple Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis), who made plans to go... [More]
Directed By: Clea DuVall

#60

Mosul (2019)
84%

#60
Adjusted Score: 85373%
Critics Consensus: With a fresh perspective to balance the familiar Middle Eastern war violence, Mosul hits its targets forcefully.
Synopsis: After being rescued by an Iraqi SWAT team from an assault by insurgents, a policeman joins the team and is... [More]

#59

Mank (2020)
83%

#59
Adjusted Score: 106223%
Critics Consensus: Sharply written and brilliantly performed, Mank peers behind the scenes of Citizen Kane to tell an old Hollywood story that could end up being a classic in its own right.
Synopsis: 1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing wit and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#58
Adjusted Score: 85558%
Critics Consensus: American Murder: The Family Next Door chillingly unravels a brutal true crime story using the near-constant connectedness of the digital era.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Jenny Popplewell

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Overcoming a pandemic is no easy feat, but with an exciting group of bakers and a warm new host, The Great British Baking Show's eleventh outing manages to do just that.

#56
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Alex Rider's first season takes a minute to find it's footing, but once it does it proves a solid entry into the espionage game that the whole family can enjoy.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The Salisbury Poisonings timely themes and tightly wound tension doesn't make for easy viewing, but there's no denying the power behind its message.
Directed By: Saul Dibb

#54

On the Rocks (2020)
87%

#54
Adjusted Score: 105624%
Critics Consensus: On the Rocks isn't as potent as its top-shelf ingredients might suggest, but the end result still goes down easy -- and offers high proof of Bill Murray's finely aged charm.
Synopsis: Faced with sudden doubts about her marriage, a young New York mother teams up with her larger-than-life playboy father to... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#53
Adjusted Score: 106481%
Critics Consensus: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm proves Sacha Baron Cohen's comedic creation remains a sharp tool for exposing the most misguided -- or utterly repugnant -- corners of American culture.
Synopsis: Released from prison for bringing shame to his country, Kazakh funnyman Borat risks life and limb when he returns to... [More]
Directed By: Jason Woliner

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: It may not be as scary as its predecessor, but with plenty of spooky tricks inside its haunted halls and a strong sense of heart, The Haunting of Bly Manor is another solid entry into Mike Flanagan's growing horrorography.

#51
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: B Positive's familiar sitcom trappings are elevated by its charming cast - especially the weird and winsome comedic stylings of Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford.

#50
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A modern crime family masterpiece, Gangs of London builds its own empire atop tried and true mafia turf -- complete with engaging drama, exhilarating action, and fine performances all around
Directed By: Corin Hardy

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 88261%
Critics Consensus: Kingdom of Silence takes a panoramic view of Jamal Kasshogi's career and its impact on U.S.-Saudi relations, yielding a sobering account of one man's life and the two nations he straddled.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Rick Rowley

#48

Belushi (2020)
91%

#48
Adjusted Score: 93748%
Critics Consensus: Affectionately chronicling John Belushi's outsized talent and personal foibles, this exhaustively-researched documentary captures both the joy and tragedy of the comedic titan's legacy.
Synopsis: Jim Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd and others discuss the extraordinary life and career of beloved actor and comedian John... [More]
Directed By: R.J. Cutler

#47
Adjusted Score: 91374%
Critics Consensus: Cleverly assembled and rich with insight, this dissection of D.B. Cooper's legend offers a compelling case for why -- when it comes to mysteries -- the journey is often more tantalizing than the destination.
Synopsis: Unravelling the mystery surrounding D.B. Cooper, who boarded a Northwest Orient Airlines plane in November 1971 and hijacked the flight... [More]
Starring: Peter Caulfield
Directed By: John Dower

#46
#46
Adjusted Score: 91226%
Critics Consensus: Presenting a rollicking history of counterculture and espionage through Joanna Harcourt-Smith's idiosyncratic point of view, My Psychedelic Love Story is a heady trip worth taking.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Errol Morris examines the love affair between LSD guru Timothy Leary and Joanna Harcourt-Smith.... [More]
Directed By: Errol Morris

Des: Season 1 (2020)
90%

#45
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Des is a smartly scripted, sufficiently eerie true crime drama anchored by a chilling performance from David Tennant.

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 92042%
Critics Consensus: In the sharp, socially conscious battle of Vampires vs. the Bronx, comedy and horror blend brilliantly -- and the audience is the winner.
Synopsis: A group of friends band together to save their neighborhood from vampires.... [More]
Directed By: Osmany Rodriguez

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 94417%
Critics Consensus: When Steven Soderbergh rounds up a cast this talented, it's definitely wise to Let Them All Talk -- and this light yet rewarding dramedy more than lives up to expectations.
Synopsis: The story of a celebrated author (Meryl Streep) who takes a journey with some old friends (Candice Bergen and Dianne... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#42
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Flesh and Blood's non-linear storytelling doesn't always play, but there's no denying the engrossing glory of its colorful mystery.

#41
Adjusted Score: 111556%
Critics Consensus: An actors' showcase enlivened by its topical fact-based story, The Trial of the Chicago 7 plays squarely -- and compellingly -- to Aaron Sorkin's strengths.
Synopsis: In 1969, seven people were charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the protests at the... [More]
Directed By: Aaron Sorkin

#40
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An epic portrait of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a diverse and divided community, City So Real's even handed, empathetic storytelling exposes the complex structural issues facing the people of Chicago today without ever feeling like work.
Starring:

#39
Adjusted Score: 93638%
Critics Consensus: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey celebrates the yuletide season with a holiday adventure whose exuberant spirit is matched by its uplifting message.
Synopsis: Decades after his apprentice betrays him, a once joyful toymaker finds new hope when his bright young granddaughter appears on... [More]
Directed By: David E. Talbert

#38

Run (2020)
88%

#38
Adjusted Score: 97314%
Critics Consensus: Solid acting and expertly ratcheted tension help Run transcend its familiar trappings to deliver a delightfully suspenseful thriller.
Synopsis: An isolated teen discovers her mother's sinister secret.... [More]
Directed By: Aneesh Chaganty

#37
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:
Directed By: Dawn Shadforth

#36

Enola Holmes (2020)
91%

#36
Adjusted Score: 105154%
Critics Consensus: Enola Holmes brings a breath of fresh air to Baker Street -- and leaves plenty of room for Millie Bobby Brown to put her effervescent stamp on a franchise in waiting.
Synopsis: While searching for her missing mother, intrepid teen Enola Holmes uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock and... [More]
Directed By: Harry Bradbeer

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 91781%
Critics Consensus: A relentless thrill ride, The Endless Trench is an effective story of alienation and paranoia expertly directed by Jon Garaño and Altor Arregi.
Synopsis: A man, Higinio Blanco, locks himself in his house during the Spanish Civil War, without knowing how long it will... [More]

#34
Adjusted Score: 94932%
Critics Consensus: Leap of Faith may not offer hardcore Exorcist fans much new information, but its behind-the-scenes anecdotes are enlivened by William Friedkin's magnetic charm.
Synopsis: A lyrical and spiritual cinematic essay on The Exorcist, Leap Of Faith explores the uncharted depths of William Friedkin's mind's... [More]
Starring: William Friedkin
Directed By: Alexandre O. Philippe

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 96044%
Critics Consensus: From the horror of natural disaster to the spirit summoned behind the titular effort, Rebuilding Paradise stirringly depicts one community's perseverance.
Synopsis: Residents of Paradise, Calif., come together to heal their community after a devastating wildfire.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Ron Howard

#32

Madre (2019)
92%

#32
Adjusted Score: 92854%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ten years after her son disappeared on a beach in France, Elena meets a teen that reminds her of him.... [More]
Directed By: Rodrigo Sorogoyen

The Wilds: Season 1 (2020)
92%

#31
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An addictive thriller that also captures the complex lives of teenage girls, The Wilds is worth getting lost in.

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 94447%
Critics Consensus: Crazy, Not Insane isn't as narratively disciplined as documentarian Alex Gibney's best work, but Dorothy Otnow Lewis' clinical analysis of murderous psychology may prompt unexpected sympathy for the devil.
Synopsis: Psychiatrist Dorothy Otnow Lewis stirs controversy for her views on serial killers and the death penalty.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Alex Gibney

Tehran: Season 1 (2020)
94%

#29
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Tehran's expertly plotted twists further elevate a geopolitical thriller deftly balanced between the global and the personal.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: With less canonical baggage and a welcome dose of character development, Discovery continues to forge its own path and is narratively all the better for it.

#27

The Life Ahead (2020)
92%

#27
Adjusted Score: 97602%
Critics Consensus: A classic example of how a talented actor can elevate somewhat standard material, The Life Ahead proves Sophia Loren's star power remains absolutely undimmed.
Synopsis: An aging Holocaust survivor forges a bond with a young immigrant from Senegal who recently robbed her.... [More]
Directed By: Edoardo Ponti

#26
Adjusted Score: 95745%
Critics Consensus: Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You serves as a compelling companion piece to the album of the same name -- and a worthwhile behind-the-scenes documentary in its own right.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Thom Zimny

#25
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Gazing into the eye of the celebrity storm with frenzied style, I Hate Suzie is a ruthless satire on stardom that is effortlessly carried by Billie Piper's manic performance.

Education: Season 5 (2020)
96%

#24
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Education casts its hopeful gaze on the future, offering a simple and effective end to the Small Axe series that solidifies Steve McQueen place as a master storyteller.

#23
Adjusted Score: 95634%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: David Attenborough discusses humanity's impact on nature and the actions we can take to save the planet.... [More]

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 98896%
Critics Consensus: The rare anthology that maintains a consistently high level of quality, The Mortuary Collection is a must-see undertaking for horror fans.
Synopsis: Desperate for work, a young drifter applies for a job at the local mortuary on the outskirts of town. There,... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Spindell

#21

Feels Good Man (2020)
95%

#21
Adjusted Score: 100009%
Critics Consensus: A cautionary tale on internet culture, Feels Good Man is a compelling look at an artist's journey to salvage his creation.
Synopsis: An animated frog becomes a symbol of hate.... [More]
Directed By: Arthur Jones

#20
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: With fan favorites and fresh faces galore both in front of and behind the camera,The Mandalorian's sophomore season solidifies its place as one of Star Wars's most engaging and exciting sagas.

#19
Adjusted Score: 97299%
Critics Consensus: Mixing personal reflection and studious research to deliver an impassioned meditation on the U.S. Constitution, Heidi Schreck's play loses none of its verve on screen.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: Heidi Schreck
Directed By: Marielle Heller

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Ethan Hawke dazzles in The Good Lord Bird, an epically irreverent adaptation that does right by its source material's good word.

The Crown: Season 4 (2020)
95%

#17
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Whatever historical liberties The Crown takes in its fourth season are easily forgiven thanks to the sheer power of its performances - particularly Gillian Anderson's imposing take on The Iron Lady and newcomer Emma Corrin's embodiment of a young Princess Diana.

#16
Adjusted Score: 99190%
Critics Consensus: Much like the cosmic debris it investigates, Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds is made up of heavy stuff -- but it lights up the screen thanks to Werner Herzog's infectious awe.
Synopsis: A journey across the planet and universe explores how meteorites, shooting stars and deep impacts have awoken wonder about other... [More]
Starring: Werner Herzog

#15

Sound of Metal (2019)
97%

#15
Adjusted Score: 116401%
Critics Consensus: An evocative look at the experiences of the deaf community, Sound of Metal is brought to life by Riz Ahmed's passionate performance.
Synopsis: During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When... [More]
Directed By: Darius Marder

#14
Adjusted Score: 106015%
Critics Consensus: Helmed in elegant and exhilarating style by Spike Lee, David Byrne's American Utopia is a concert film that doubles as a joyously cathartic celebration.
Synopsis: Singer David Byrne and a group of international musicians perform songs from the hit Broadway musical "American Utopia."... [More]
Starring: David Byrne
Directed By: Spike Lee

#13
Adjusted Score: 106715%
Critics Consensus: The Forty-Year-Old Version opens a compelling window into the ebbs and flows of the artist's life -- and announces writer-director-star Radha Blank as a major filmmaking talent with her feature debut.
Synopsis: A struggling New York City playwright finds inspiration by reinventing herself as a rapper.... [More]
Directed By: Radha Blank

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 101674%
Critics Consensus: A talented cast and fiendishly frightening premise combine to make Anything for Jackson a must-watch for fans of supernatural horror.
Synopsis: A sinister couple hatch a supernatural scheme to resurrect their dead grandson through a pregnant woman.... [More]
Directed By: Justin G. Dyck

#11

Wolfwalkers (2020)
99%

#11
Adjusted Score: 109020%
Critics Consensus: A mesmerizing Celtic-inspired adventure, Wolfwalkers offers an epic ethereal fantasy matched by profound philosophies and stellar voice work.
Synopsis: In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to... [More]
Directed By: Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Kaley Cuoco shines as a hot mess in The Flight Attendant, an addictively intriguing slice of stylish pulp that will bring mystery aficionados to Cloud Nine.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Its moves aren't always perfect, but between Anya Taylor-Joy's magnetic performance, incredibly realized period details, and emotionally intelligent writing, The Queen's Gambit is an absolute win.
Directed By: Bill Horberg

#8

Time (2020)
98%

#8
Adjusted Score: 105199%
Critics Consensus: Time delivers a powerful broadside against the flaws of the American justice system -- and chronicles one family's refusal to give up against all odds.
Synopsis: Entrepreneur Fox Rich spends the last two decades campaigning for the release of her husband, Rob G. Rich, who is... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Garrett Bradley

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 105750%
Critics Consensus: Dick Johnson Is Dead celebrates a life with bittersweet humor and grace, offering a deeply resonant perspective on mortality in the bargain.
Synopsis: A filmmaker and her elderly father stage his death in various ways to help them face his inevitable demise.... [More]
Directed By: Kirsten Johnson

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: With compelling firsthand accounts and plenty of expert insights, Seduced is harrowing account of the startling ease with which a cult can consume a person's life.
Starring:

Dash & Lily: Season 1 (2020)
100%

#5
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by the charming Midori Francis and Austin Abrams, Dash & Lily is a delightful rom-com adventure with plenty of holiday cheer.

Save Me Too: Too (2020)
100%

#4
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Save Me's second season overcomes the shortcomings of its first, deepening its characters and even finding a little levity in its harrowing tale.
Directed By: Jim Loach, Coky Giedroyc

#3
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Blood of Zeus reforges Greek mythology into an epic battle royale with slick animation and sterling voice acting, earning it a spot on the Mount Olympus of action animation.

#2

His House (2020)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 107840%
Critics Consensus: Featuring genuine scares through every corridor, His House is a terrifying look at the specters of the refugee experience and a stunning feature debut for Remi Weekes.
Synopsis: A refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new... [More]
Directed By: Remi Weekes

Big Mouth: Season 4 (2020)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Big Mouth's fourth season is another tour de force of empathetic cringe comedy that manages to get even better by finally giving Missy the storyline she deserves.

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