Best-Reviewed Movies 2019: Wide Release

Avengers: Endgame may have won the big prize for 2019, but we all know this movie isn’t just an achievement marking one year, but a culmination of 11 years and over 20 films all wrapped into one blockbuster bonanza. Kudos to the Russo brothers for pulling it off, and kudos to the first-timers (Toy Story 4‘s Josh Cooley, Booksmart‘s Olivia Wilde), sophomore slump-avoiders (Us‘ Jordan Peele, Little Women‘s Greta Gerwig), seasoned vets (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s Quentin Tarantino), and the rest of the directors whose work makes up this prestigious list.

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

Adjusted Score: 117.423%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.
Synopsis: The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers... [More]
Directed By: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo


Us (2019)

Adjusted Score: 116.906%
Critics Consensus: With Jordan Peele's second inventive, ambitious horror film, we have seen how to beat the sophomore jinx, and it is Us.
Synopsis: Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar (R) winner Lupita Nyong'o... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Peele


Toy Story 4 (2019)

Adjusted Score: 116.747%
Critics Consensus: Heartwarming, funny, and beautifully animated, Toy Story 4 manages the unlikely feat of extending -- and perhaps concluding -- a practically perfect animated saga.
Synopsis: Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is... [More]
Directed By: Josh Cooley


Knives Out (2019)

Adjusted Score: 116.747%
Critics Consensus: Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson's stellar ensemble.
Synopsis: Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie... [More]
Directed By: Rian Johnson


Booksmart (2019)

Adjusted Score: 112.637%
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: 112.573%
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: 110.651%
Critics Consensus: A breezily unpredictable blend of teen romance and superhero action, Spider-Man: Far from Home stylishly sets the stage for the next era of the MCU.
Synopsis: Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super... [More]
Directed By: Jon Watts

Adjusted Score: 109.583%
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


Shazam! (2019)

Adjusted Score: 107.958%
Critics Consensus: An effortlessly entertaining blend of humor and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre's real power: joyous wish fulfillment.
Synopsis: We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy... [More]
Directed By: David F. Sandberg


Little Women (2019)

Adjusted Score: 112.668%
Critics Consensus: With a stellar cast and a smart, sensitive retelling of its classic source material, Greta Gerwig's Little Women proves some stories truly are timeless.
Synopsis: Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings... [More]
Directed By: Greta Gerwig

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