Best-Reviewed Comedies 2019

In a year in which a number of the best comedies were genre blends – comedy-slash-dramas The Farewell and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, comedy-slash-horror Once Cut of the Dead – it was a pure and unmitigated laugh-fest that took out top place for the critics. Olivia Wilde’s directing debut, working from a sharp script from Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, and Katie Silberman, made a huge splash at South By Southwest, with critics praising leads Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever for their work in a kind of nerdy Superbad meets Lady Bird.

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

#1

Booksmart (2019)
96%

#1
Adjusted Score: 111.944%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, funny, and fresh, Booksmart does the seemingly impossible by adding a smart new spin to the coming-of-age comedy.
Synopsis: The story follows Dever and Feldstein's characters, two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high... [More]
Directed By: Olivia Wilde

#2

The Farewell (2019)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 112.528%
Critics Consensus: The Farewell deftly captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes.
Synopsis: The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to... [More]
Directed By: Lulu Wang

#3
Adjusted Score: 110.1%
Critics Consensus: Thrillingly unrestrained yet solidly crafted, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tempers Tarantino's provocative impulses with the clarity of a mature filmmaker's vision.
Synopsis: Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#4
Adjusted Score: 103.059%
Critics Consensus: Brainy and bloody in equal measure, One Cut of the Dead reanimates the moribund zombie genre with a refreshing blend of formal daring and clever satire.
Synopsis: A cast of relative unknowns, a brilliantly disguised low budget and an epic, 37-minute opening single take makes Shin'ichirô Ueda's... [More]
Directed By: Shin'ichirô Ueda

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 101.997%
Critics Consensus: Much like the sport it celebrates, Fighting with My Family muscles past clichés with a potent blend of energy and committed acting that should leave audiences cheering.
Synopsis: FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a heartwarming comedy based on the incredible true story of WWE Superstar Paige(TM). Born into... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Merchant

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