Best-Reviewed Kids & Family Movies 2020

Parents were desperate to find movies to entertain the stuck-at-home kids in 2020, and Hollywood delivered. Unsurprisingly, Disney+ dominates the top 10 Kids and Family Movies of the last year, with five entries here – among them the inspiring sports drama Safety and chatty-animals flick The One and Only Ivan. But it’s Netflix’s Christmas musical, Jingle Jangle, that comes out on top, with its catchy songs, showstopping numbers, elaborate production design, and heartfelt performances winning over even the Grinchiest of critics.

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

Adjusted Score: 91.475%
Critics Consensus: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey celebrates the yuletide season with a holiday adventure whose exuberant spirit is matched by its uplifting message.
Directed By: David E. Talbert


Safety (2020)

Adjusted Score: 80.926%
Critics Consensus: Fans of uplifting sports dramas will find Safety in this skillfully told fact-based story about an athlete overcoming adversity.
Synopsis: "Safety" is a drama inspired by the empowering story of former Clemson University football safety Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves), a... [More]
Directed By: Reginald Hudlin

Adjusted Score: 74.448%
Critics Consensus: An uncertain approach to the story's darker themes undermines its emotional stakes, but The One and Only Ivan offers heartwarming entertainment for younger viewers.
Synopsis: While trapped in a cage at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, a gorilla named Ivan teams... [More]
Directed By: Thea Sharrock


We Can Be Heroes (2021)

Adjusted Score: 74.049%
Critics Consensus: Although it may be too zany for adults, We Can Be Heroes balances its sophisticated themes with heart and zealous originality.
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

Adjusted Score: 73.319%
Critics Consensus: Fittingly fleet and frequently fun, Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game-inspired adventure the whole family can enjoy -- and a fine excuse for Jim Carrey to tap into the manic energy that launched his career.
Synopsis: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG is a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster video game franchise from Sega that centers... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Fowler


Godmothered (2020)

Adjusted Score: 72.288%
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


Flora & Ulysses (2021)

Adjusted Score: 73.641%
Critics Consensus: Agreeable if not exceptional, Flora and Ulysses offers a fun, funny, family-friendly diversion -- and a furry twist on the superhero genre.
Synopsis: Disney's "Flora & Ulysses" is a comedy-adventure based on the Newberry Award-winning book about 10-year old Flora, an avid comic... [More]
Directed By: Lena Khan


Stargirl (2020)

Adjusted Score: 68.926%
Critics Consensus: Stargirl's feel-good story hits familiar coming-of-age beats, but self-assured performances and an earnest mission worn proudly make it a tune worth listening to.
Synopsis: Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere) is an average student at Mica High School. He gets decent grades, is a member of... [More]
Directed By: Julia Hart

Adjusted Score: 69.677%
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: It's been two years since siblings Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis) saved Christmas, and a lot has... [More]
Directed By: Chris Columbus

Adjusted Score: 70.415%
Critics Consensus: Faithful in spirit while putting its own spin on the source material, The Secret Garden adds a charming entry to the long list of this beloved book's adaptations.
Synopsis: THE SECRET GARDEN starring Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Dixie Egerickx is a new take on the beloved classic novel... [More]
Directed By: Marc Munden

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