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.

Adjusted Score: 104224%
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


Saint Frances (2019)

Adjusted Score: 103613%
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: After an abortion, a deadbeat nanny finds friendship with the 6-year-old she's hired to watch.... [More]
Directed By: Alex Thompson

Adjusted Score: 103509%
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: The life of David Copperfield is chronicled from his youth into adulthood.... [More]
Directed By: Armando Iannucci


Extra Ordinary (2019)

Adjusted Score: 101343%
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: A woman who has supernatural abilities must save a possessed girl.... [More]
Directed By: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman

Adjusted Score: 100289%
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: ... [More]
Directed By: Kirill Sokolov


Another Round (2020)

Adjusted Score: 102855%
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: Four high school teachers consume alcohol on a daily basis to see how it affects their social and professional lives.... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Vinterberg


On the Rocks (2020)

Adjusted Score: 99355%
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 New York woman and her impulsive, larger-than-life father try to find out if her husband is having an affair.... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

Adjusted Score: 100843%
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


Yes, God, Yes (2019)

Adjusted Score: 97934%
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: A Catholic girl finds herself having tempting thoughts after an AOL chat turns unexpectedly racy.... [More]
Directed By: Karen Maine


Kajillionaire (2020)

Adjusted Score: 99406%
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: Two con artists have spent 26 years training their only daughter to swindle, scam and steal at every turn. During... [More]
Directed By: Miranda July

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