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.


Booksmart (2019)

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


The Farewell (2019)

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

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

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

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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