Best-Reviewed Movies 2020: United Kingdom

Want variety? Look to the best U.K. movies of the year, according to the critics. There’s groundbreaking horror – the 100% Certified Fresh His House and Zoom horror smash Host – plus a searing drama that puts you in the deteriorating mind of a man suffering from dementia (The Father), a zing-filled historical comedy (The Personal History of David Copperfield), and a thrilling documentary (White Riot). Notably, three of the films – His House, The Father, and White Riot – come from directors making their feature film debuts.

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

#1

His House (2020)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 106790%
Critics Consensus: Featuring genuine scares through every corridor, His House is a terrifying look at the specters of the refugee experience and a stunning feature debut for Remi Weekes.
Synopsis: A refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new... [More]
Directed By: Remi Weekes

#2

The Father (2020)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 115211%
Critics Consensus: Led by stellar performances and artfully helmed by writer-director Florian Zeller, The Father presents a devastatingly empathetic portrayal of dementia.
Synopsis: Anthony (Academy Award Winner, Anthony Hopkins) is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne... [More]
Directed By: Florian Zeller

#3

Host (2020)
99%

#3
Adjusted Score: 104071%
Critics Consensus: Lean, suspenseful, and scary, Host uses its timely premise to deliver a nastily effective treat for horror enthusiasts.
Synopsis: Six friends accidentally invite the attention of a demonic presence during an online séance and begin noticing strange occurrences in... [More]
Directed By: Rob Savage

#4
Adjusted Score: 104914%
Critics Consensus: The Personal History of David Copperfield puts a fresh, funny, and utterly charming spin on Dickens' classic, proving some stories truly are timeless.
Synopsis: The life of David Copperfield is chronicled from his youth into adulthood.... [More]
Directed By: Armando Iannucci

#5

White Riot (2019)
100%

#5
Adjusted Score: 101839%
Critics Consensus: Raw and energetic like the music that inspired the 1970s political movement, White Riot offers invaluable insight into how music can change the world -- and how Rock Against Racism still resonates.
Synopsis: An exploration of how punk influenced politics in late-1970s Britain when a group of artists united to take on the... [More]
Directed By: Rubika Shah