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.


His House (2020)

Adjusted Score: 104.307%
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: After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to their new life... [More]
Directed By: Remi Weekes


The Father (2021)

Adjusted Score: 107.289%
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


Host (2020)

Adjusted Score: 103.086%
Critics Consensus: Lean, suspenseful, and scary, Host uses its timely premise to deliver a nastily effective treat for horror enthusiasts.
Synopsis: Six friends hire a medium to hold a séance over Zoom during lockdown but get far more than they bargain... [More]
Directed By: Rob Savage

Adjusted Score: 102.459%
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: From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth,... [More]
Directed By: Armando Iannucci


White Riot (2019)

Adjusted Score: 101.266%
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: With Britain deeply divided over immigration, a motley crew of mavericks band together with The Clash and other top punk... [More]
Directed By: Rubika Shah

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