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: 105603%
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


The Father (2020)

Adjusted Score: 114627%
Critics Consensus: Led by stellar performances and artfully helmed by writer-director Florian Zeller, The Father presents a devastatingly empathetic portrayal of dementia.
Synopsis: A man refuses assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances,... [More]
Directed By: Florian Zeller


Host (2020)

Adjusted Score: 103993%
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

Adjusted Score: 103842%
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


White Riot (2019)

Adjusted Score: 101829%
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

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