Best-Reviewed Movies 2020: Australia

The Invisible Man may not seem like an Aussie film at first glance – it takes place in the U.S., is headlined by Americans Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, and Storm Reid, and was produced by Jason Blum. But look a bit closer and you’ll see the movie is a decidedly Down Under production: Written and directed by Aussie Leigh Whannell, co-produced by Australian company Goalpoast Pictures, shot in and around Sydney, co-starring Aussie thesps like Harriet Dyer (that knife scene!), and crafted by a largely Aussie crew. It tops a list of five films that speak to the absolutely stellar year for Australian cinema (one that will continue with the release of the acclaimed The Dry, starring Eric Bana, this year). Of particular note are two incredible debuts from women filmmakers: Shannon Murphy’s moving coming-of-age story Babyteeth and Natalie Erika James’ poignant and terrifying look at dementia, the horror film Relic.

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

Adjusted Score: 109.068%
Critics Consensus: Smart, well-acted, and above all scary, The Invisible Man proves that sometimes, the classic source material for a fresh reboot can be hiding in plain sight.
Synopsis: Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of... [More]
Directed By: Leigh Whannell


Relic (2020)

Adjusted Score: 101.661%
Critics Consensus: Relic ratchets up its slowly building tension in an expertly crafted atmosphere of dread, adding up to an outstanding feature debut for director/co-writer Natalie Erika James.
Synopsis: When Edna, the elderly and widowed matriarch of the family, goes missing, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam travel to... [More]
Directed By: Natalie Erika James


Babyteeth (2020)

Adjusted Score: 98.904%
Critics Consensus: Powerfully acted and sensitively directed, Babyteeth offers audiences a coming-of-age story that's messier -- and more rewarding -- than most.
Synopsis: When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it's her parents' worst nightmare. But... [More]
Directed By: Shannon Murphy


Rams (2021)

Adjusted Score: 91.367%
Critics Consensus: A rare remake that preserves the heart of the original, Rams draws on the chemistry of its talented veteran stars to explore complicated -- and often comedic -- sibling ties.
Synopsis: In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton), are at war. Raising separate flocks... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Sims

Adjusted Score: 85.608%
Critics Consensus: Its unusual approach won't be for all viewers, but True History of the Kelly Gang takes a distinctively postmodern look at Australia's past.
Synopsis: Set against the badlands of colonial Australia where the English rule with a bloody fist and the Irish endure, Ned... [More]
Directed By: Justin Kurzel

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