Best-Reviewed Comedies 2020

Fresh talent stormed comedies this year, starting with top comedy of the year: The Forty-Year-Old Version, with the defiant and hilarious Radha Blank doing quadruple duty as writer, director, producer, and star in the story of a middle-aged New York playwright who reinvents herself as a rapper. Four more of the best comedies of the year (Saint Frances, Extra Ordinary, Why Don’t You Just Die!, Yes, God, Yes) also represent the feature debuts of their directors. But don’t count out the veterans: The Coppolas, the Vinterbergs, the Julys, and the Iannuccis of the comedy world all got their Certified Fresh movies to chart. And, finally, Sacha Baron Cohen’s surprise return as Borat produced the biggest, most outrageous laughs of the year.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of February 28, 2021. Scores might change over time.

#1
Adjusted Score: 102.965%
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: Radha, a down-on-her-luck NY playwright, is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. But when she foils what seems like her... [More]
Directed By: Radha Blank

#2

Saint Frances (2020)
99%

#2
Adjusted Score: 102.743%
Critics Consensus: Saint Frances approaches an array of weighty issues with empathy, humor, and grace -- and marks star and writer Kelly O'Sullivan as a tremendous talent to watch.
Synopsis: Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O'Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job... [More]
Directed By: Alex Thompson

#3
Adjusted Score: 102.459%
Critics Consensus: The Personal History of David Copperfield puts a fresh, funny, and utterly charming spin on Dickens' classic, proving some stories truly are timeless.
Synopsis: From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth,... [More]
Directed By: Armando Iannucci

#4

Extra Ordinary (2020)
98%

#4
Adjusted Score: 101.321%
Critics Consensus: A horror/rom-com hybrid that somehow manages to blend its ingredients without losing their flavor, Extra Ordinary more than lives up to its title.
Synopsis: Rose, a sweet, small town driving instructor, is gifted with supernatural abilities, "The Talents", which mean she can talk to... [More]
Directed By: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman

#5
Adjusted Score: 99.475%
Critics Consensus: As wickedly smart as it is energetic, Why Don't You Just Die! should satisfy audiences in the mood for a gore-soaked good time.
Synopsis: Matvey has just one objective: to gain entry to his girlfriend's parents' apartment and kill her father Andrey with a... [More]
Directed By: Kirill Sokolov

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 99.736%
Critics Consensus: Take one part deftly directed tragicomedy, add a dash of Mads Mikkelsen in vintage form, and you've got Another Round -- an intoxicating look at midlife crises.
Synopsis: There's a theory that we should be born with a share of alcohol in our blood--that modest intoxication opens our... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Vinterberg

#7

On The Rocks (2020)
86%

#7
Adjusted Score: 97.493%
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: A young New York mother faced with sudden doubts about her marriage teams up with her larger-than-life playboy father to... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#8
Adjusted Score: 97.996%
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: Journalist Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) makes his return voyage to the United States in an effort to improve political... [More]
Directed By: Jason Woliner

#9

Yes, God, Yes (2020)
93%

#9
Adjusted Score: 97.777%
Critics Consensus: Natalia Dyer's charming performance -- and writer-director Karen Maine's sensitive work -- will leave audiences saying Yes, God, Yes to this coming-of-age dramedy.
Synopsis: Growing up in the Midwest in the early 00s, sixteen-year-old Alice has always been a good Catholic. But when an... [More]
Directed By: Karen Maine

#10

Kajillionaire (2020)
90%

#10
Adjusted Score: 98.44%
Critics Consensus: Whether you see Kajillionaire as refreshingly unique or simply bizarre will depend on your cinematic adventurousness -- and fans of writer-director Miranda July wouldn't have it any other way.
Synopsis: Con-artists Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) have spent 26 years training their only daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel... [More]
Directed By: Miranda July

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